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The Cactus Blossoms are for "Everybody"

Friday, January 7, 2022 – The Cactus Blossoms released a new song "Everybody" featuring Jenny Lewis, a prelude to their new album, "One Day," dropping Feb. 11 on Walkie Talkie Records.

The Minneapolis duo consists of brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum.

"Have you ever heard the saying "everyone is just doing the best they can"? I wanted to put that idea into a song," said Torrey. "It started out as a kind of sad one-sided story, but when I heard it in my head as a back and forth between two people and imagined Jenny singing the lines it became something different. I'm so glad she was up for it because without her I don't think it would have the hopefulness that I was looking for." -

The Cactus Blossoms recently announced the new record along with the release of the single "Hey Baby." "That idea of finding a silver lining comes up a lot on this record," said Torrey about the single. "It's an acknowledgment that no matter how messed up things might be, people still want to believe in the world and find ways to feel lucky and joyful."

The new disc offers a more soulful, '70s-inspired palette with Wurlitzer, breezy guitars and percussion. The band's classic country and old-school pop roots remain part of the sound.

The Cactus Blossoms debuted with 2016's "You're Dreaming," which was produced by JD McPherson. Dates with Kacey Musgraves, Jenny Lewis, and Lucius followed. They released "Easy Way" in 2019.

Quarantine put a sudden halt to their plans to record a new studio record, and as Minneapolis began to erupt in social and political unrest following the police killing of George Floyd, music began to seem like the least of the duo's concerns.

"It felt like the whole world was falling apart," said Burkum. "We had to put things on hold just so we could try to wrap our heads around everything that was happening in Minneapolis and beyond."

When it felt safe enough to get together in person, they started kicking ideas back and forth, inviting each other into their respective writing processes earlier than ever before. When it came time to record, the brothers called on longtime collaborator/engineer Alex Hall, who brought his mobile rig up from Chicago so they could cut the album in Burkum's basement. They kept recorded with their core touring band, which included both their older brother and their cousin.

"From the start, we knew we wanted to keep the instrumentation minimal and consistent across the whole album and embrace the dryness that came with recording in Page's basement," said Torrey. "We wanted it to sound raw."

The track list is:
1) Hey Baby
2) One Day
3) Is It Over
4) Everybody (featuring Jenny Lewis)
5) Runaway
6) Ballad Of An Unknown
7) Not The Only One
8) Love Tomorrow
9) Lonely Heart
10) I Could Almost Cry
11) If I Saw You

Tour dates are:
Jan. 10 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Jan. 17 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Jan. 24 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Jan. 31 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Feb. 16 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre *
Feb. 17 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre *
Feb. 18 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Lulu's Downstairs *
Feb. 19 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall *
Feb. 22 - Bozemen, MT @ Live From The Divide
Feb. 23 - Spokane, WA @ Lucky You Lounge ∞
Feb. 24 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern ∞
Feb. 25 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ∞
Feb. 26 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ∞
March 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel ∞
March 2 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Felton Music Hall ∞
March 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre ∞
March 19 - Red Wing, MN @ Tower View Barn
March 23 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo +
March 24 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark +
March 25 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern +
March 26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe +
March 29 - Troy, NY @ The Hangar +
March 30 - New York City, NY @ Bowery Ballroom +
March 31 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live +
April 2 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle +
April 3 - Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley
April 6 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar +
April 7 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
April 8 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
April 29 - Indio, CA @ Stagecoach
June 4 - McGill, NV @ Schellraiser Music Festival
June 8 - Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads Saloon $
June 9 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ponyboy $
June 10 - Dallas, TX @ Sons Of Hermann Hall $
June 11 - Austin, TX @ 3TEN $
June 12 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall $
June 15 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway $
June 16 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabes $
June 17 - Des Moines, IA @ xBk $
June 18 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge $
* w/ The Still Tide
∞ w/ Kacy & Clayton
+ w/ Alexa Rose
$ w/ Esther Rose

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