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The Cactus Blossoms

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

The Cactus Blossoms

Jack Klatt

Wed, May 22, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Wooly's

Des Moines, IA

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

The Cactus Blossoms
The Cactus Blossoms
Blood Harmony. Whether it’s The Beach Boys, Bee Gees or First Aid Kit, that sibling vocal blend is the secret sauce in some of the most spine-tingling moments in popular music. The Cactus Blossoms – Minneapolis-based brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey – offer compelling evidence that this tradition is alive and well, with a deceptively unadorned musical approach that offers “creative turns of phrase, gorgeous harmonies, and an ageless sound” (NPR All Things Considered), not to mention spine tingles aplenty. Their 2016 debut You’re Dreaming, a stunning and transporting collection of original songs, earned high praise from Rolling Stone and Vice Noisey, tour stints with Kacey Musgraves and Lucius, and a perfectly cast performance on the third season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Now their unlikely rise continues with new album Easy Way, to be released on their own label Walkie Talkie Records.

While many bands would have been content to stick with the winning formula of their debut, the Blossoms refused to repeat themselves. If You’re Dreaming celebrated their vintage country and rock influences, Easy Way reveals a songwriting style that has changed, evolved, and gotten more modern. Dan Auerbach, another artist who knows from bedrock influences, co-wrote two songs on the album. “Dan’s love for songwriting was inspiring, just the kick in the pants we needed to start writing again after being on the road,” says Page.

The brothers’ decision to produce the new album themselves no doubt led to the new sound. “We wanted the freedom to experiment with our own weird ideas,” says Jack, “We used to joke that the working title album should be Expensive Demos.” As they crisscrossed the nation on tour, the brothers would stop through Alex Hall’s Reliable Recorders studio in Chicago to chase the new sound they were after. The result joins together what would otherwise be distant corners of the American songbook. Both the traditional twang of Chicago pedal steel guitarist Joel Paterson (Devil in a Woodpile, The Western Elstons) and the primal wail of free jazz saxophonist Michael Lewis (Bon Iver, Andrew Bird) are at home on the album. Just as they did with their debut, the brothers found a voice all their own.
Jack Klatt
Jack Klatt
From the moment I first stepped on stage I was hooked, there was no going back, I sold everything I had and promptly dropped out of college in the year 2006. I spent the next six years more or less on the road with nothing to my name but a backpack and a martin guitar. I hitchhiked all across the north and south west, entertained the life of an ex-patriot while spending a year in Spain and Italy, slept under the stars on blue beaches, traded songs for dollar bills, loitered on countless street corners from San Francisco to New York, and mostly did a whole lot walking. I used to tape my right hand pinky and ring fingers together for weeks at a time while I taught myself finger-style guitar. I would learn at least a song a day. Some days it was a rockabilly tune by Eddie Cochrane, other days a folk song by Woody Guthrie, maybe a country tune by Hank Williams the next. The first song I wrote was to the tune of “Big Iron” by Marty Robbins. Soon enough I started to write my own melodies putting words and stories to them.

I returned home to Minneapolis in 2012. I decided to stick around for a little while and put together a band. Over the next few years I began playing festivals, bars and events across the Midwest. With my meager spoils I made plans to do a live recording on site at a 100 year old church in Viroqua, WI. Tom Herbers (Low, Trampled by Turtles, the Jayhawks) jumped at the opportunity to engineer the effort. The result is the 2016 release Shadows in the Sunset. It holds in its grooves ten thousand miles of asphalt, about eight pairs of good shoes, and the generosity of a thousand strangers. It’s a collection of stories about the beauty of blazing sunsets, the art of saying goodbye, and letting endings turn into new beginnings.

After a couple years of peddling Shadows in the Sunset, I made up a new collection of songs that called for a different sound and a different band. I called up my old buddy John James Tourville (The Deslondes) to play electric guitar and pedal steel. Casey McDonough (NRBQ) lent his bass skills, and Alex Hall (JD McPherson, The Cactus Blossoms, Robbie Fulks) not only engineered the sessions but also played drums and percussion. After 10 days at Reliable Recorders in Chicago, IL, It Ain’t the Same began to reveal itself. It’s been amazing to watch these tunes come to life and I can’t wait get them out into the world. Keep your ears to the ground….

​-Jack
Venue Information:
Wooly's
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309
http://woolysdm.com/