On their new EP, If Not For You (Bob Dylan Songs Vol. 1), out today on all streaming platforms, brother duo The Cactus Blossoms reimagine four songs from the Bob Dylan songbook. Vol. 1 draws from Dylan’s early catalog and filters his work through the lens of the brothers’ signature harmonies and lush arrangements, adding new layers to these familiar classics.
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John Prine once said, “Bob Dylan opened the door when there was no door, and then left it open for others to come through.” When Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, aka The Cactus Blossoms, found that door, they walked right through it.
"Dylan’s music was a friend and guide to me in those early years and has continued to be an artistic home base for me and Page,” Torrey says. "His songwriting on the Nashville Skyline and New Morning albums are such departure from his mid-60s rock ’n’ roll poetry, and they really comfortably fit into our wheelhouse without us having to imitate his unique style."
"When we were finishing up our One Day album we were itching to get back in the studio and keep the creativity flowing,” Torrey says. "We had recorded a version of "Went to See The Gypsy” a while back and we were thinking about doing an EP of other people’s songs, but then it just made sense to stick with all Dylan tunes. He’s written a million songs and he’s always been an inspiration for us. So many of Bob Dylan’s songs are filled with wonderful phrasing that doesn’t really lend itself to harmony singing, so we got together and started singing some of his songs to see which ones we could bend into our world.”
The Cactus Blossoms are currently on tour. You can expect to hear some of the Dylan covers in their set along with favorites from their acclaimed recent album, One Day.
If Not For You (Bob Dylan Songs Vol. 1) tracklist:
1. If Not For You
2. To Ramona
3. Went To See The Gypsy
4. Tell Me That It Isn't True