I’ve been sitting on this song for a couple days now, patiently waiting `til honky-tonk Friday when I could post it. This is off the debut album from Minneapolis based country band The Cactus Blossoms. These guys have folks in the band that have played with The Jayhawks and The Gear Daddies and the record was produced by Brent Sigmeth (Haley Bonar, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Bad Plus). But the essence of the band is comprised of two brothers who have absorbed plenty of old 78′s and the entirety of The Anthology of American Folk Music. Influences certainly include Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers as well as any/every classic country duo group. You can hear all of these influences on “Lonesome and Blue” as well as some great interplay between the band members. The fiddle, pedal steel and standup bass in particular are stellar.
The band’s self titled debut record is available as either a cd or a download for $10 via Bandcamp. It’s a no brainer if you are a fan of any of the artists I mentioned above.
Catch the band Dec. 7 at Aster Cafe.