The Cactus Blossoms announce new album + tour, share two new songs

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Saturday, June 15, 2024

The Cactus Blossoms - Minneapolis-based brother duo Jack Torrey and Page Burkum - have announced their new album Every Time I Think About You, to be released August 30 via their own Walkie Talkie Records. The collection of ten new, original songs finds the brothers - along with longtime bandmates Jeremy Hanson (drums), Jacob Hanson (guitar) and Phillip Hicks (bass) - defying easy categorization as they jump from freewheeling rockers to gentle pop ballads, shedding the weight of expectation and creating a collection that feels timeless and devil-may-care in equal measure.

Confirming this duality, The Cactus Blossoms have shared two new songs today - chooglin’ heartbreak anthem “There She Goes,” which premiered on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country, and the album’s gently devastating title track “Every Time I Think About You.”

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Every Time I Think About You was recorded at Minneapolis' legendary Creation Audio - where hometown garage-rock heroes The Trashmen cut "Surfin' Bird," and The Replacements made Tim. There, The Cactus Blossoms once again teamed with engineer/mixer Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Nick Lowe) for their most commanding full-band sessions to date. But behind the T. Rex strut of “Keep Walkin” or the “travelin’ light” protagonist in “Is It Any Wonder,” the songs have an itinerant quality.

“Even if you don’t set out to write songs with a theme in mind, one tends to present itself,” says Torrey. “This record keeps returning to the idea of ‘moving on’ — from one place to another, from people and situations that bring you down, from loss and grief.”

In addition to the album news, The Cactus Blossoms have announced a North American tour for this fall; with highlights including two nights in New York City, a trip to AmericanaFest in Nashville and a hometown release show at St. Paul, MN’s 1000-capacity Fitzgerald Theater. In keeping with their Made-in-Minnesota ethos, the cover art for Every Time I Think About You is centered around a painting by one of the state’s most acclaimed painters, George Morrison, a founding figure of Native American modernism: “Spirit Path. New Day. Red Rock Variation: Lake Superior Landscape,” which hangs in the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

Every Time I Think About You follows the release of the group’s 2022 full-length One Day, praised by Holler as a “contender for Americana album of the year.” Also in 2022, The Cactus Blossoms released If Not For You - a covers collection in tribute to their home-state hero Bob Dylan. Previous releases like 2019’s Easy Way saw their “voices blend beautifully to create a rich, vibrant sound” (NPR), with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune adding: “if you don’t visibly swoon at least two dozen times listening to this album, you need to get out and look up at the stars more.”

Every Time I Think About You Tracklist

1. Something’s Got A Hold On Me

2. Go On

3. Be What I Wanna

4. Every Time I Think About You

5. There She Goes

6. Keep Walkin’

7. Statues

8. Is It Any Wonder

9. Honey I’m Homeless

10. Out Of My Mind (On Sunday)

The Cactus Blossoms Tour Dates

Jul 05 - Stoughton, WI - Stoughton Opera House

Jul 23 - Rockford, IL - Anderson Gardens

Jul 24 - Forest Park, IL - Roberts Westside

Jul 25 - Springfield, IL - Live AMP Springfield

Jul 26 - Mosinee, WI - Lamplight Sessions

Jul 27 - Welch, MN - Treasure Island Resort & Casino

Sep 13 - St. Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theater

Sep 14 - Superior, WI - Earth Rider Brewery

Sep 20 - Nashville, TN - Americanafest

Sep 21 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *

Sep 22 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle *

Sep 24 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room *

Sep 25 - Washington D.C. - Songbyrd *

Sep 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *

Sep 28 - New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge *

Sep 29 - New York, NY - TV Eye *

Oct 02 - Toronto, ON - Monarch Tavern *

Oct 03 - Detroit, MI - Magic Bag *

Oct 04 - Three Oaks, MI - The Acorn *

Oct 05 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *

*with support from Erin Rae