Best Country Band - 2013
The Cactus Blossoms
"Country" and "music" has become such an unsavory combination of late. On the other hand, the Cactus Blossoms are the result of myriad wise pairings. Start with the interweaving of brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey's voices, which are era-less, ageless, and fearless. Second, the Turf Club has such faith in teaming with the Cactus Blossoms that it has etched the whole band onto its outside wall as an elaborate mosaic and booked weekly meetings of a twangy broken-hearts club for more than a year now every Monday night. Finally, the Cactus Blossoms' delivery of standards and originals with a muscular backing band of fiddle player Mike "Razz" Russell, Liz Draper on upright bass, and pedal steel/dobro expert Randy Broughten paired with the authenticity-hungry Twin Cities is a relationship that can only, ahem, blossom.