Best Album of the Past 12 Months (2012)

The Cactus Blossoms

Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum are blessed with two of the sweetest voices in Minnesota. They are the chiseled faces of a young spin on old-time country. Loaded with pedal steel, fiddle, and heartbreak, the Cactus Blossoms' self-titled album could have been recorded decades ago, and it could be their prize for years to come. "Cold Foot Boogie," which actually takes place in Alaska, is exactly the sort of rollicking anthem Midwesterners need to get through the chilly months, and the gut-wrenching "A Sad Day to Be You" really hits home when Torrey and Burkum lay on the harmonies. Also featuring Mike "Razz" Russell on fiddle, Liz Draper on upright bass, and Randy Broughten on steel guitar/dobro, this album is even more resonant performed live. The Turf Club liked it enough to give the Blossoms a year-long residency on Monday nights.


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