The Cactus Blossoms Stick to Brotherly Harmony


The Cactus Blossoms are two brothers — Jack Torrey and Page Burkum – whose blood harmony harkens back to the golden era of the Everly Brothers. Just by coincidence, I first heard them sing at Hymie’s Vintage Records in Minneapolis back in 2011. I was in the Twin Cities on vacation, visiting a friend who frequents the music scene there. She casually mentioned that I might like to go see these guys, since I’m a fan of traditional country. Wisely, I bought their CD as a souvenir — it was a hometown record release party after all – and the disc has been in my car ever since.

Since that time, the Cactus Blossoms have been touring across the U.S. and even in Europe. (This week, they’re in Austin, Texas, where their music should find an appreciative audience.) When they came to Nashville last fall, we welcomed them into the CMT studio to record “Stoplight Kisses,” a highlight from that self-titled debut. With just two guitars and two voices, the guys delivered it effortlessly, just like all those brother duos did in the good ol’ days.

More new music is on the way, but here’s a little something to hold you over. Enjoy the CMT Edge live performance of the Cactus Blossoms’ “Stoplight Kisses.”