Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

You're Dreaming

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

You're Dreaming

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Red House Records

Vocal harmonies that soar as swiftly as the Everly Brothers

On You're Dreaming, the Cactus Blossoms' second release and Red House debut, Minnesotan brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum draw from heirloom music-foothills country before it went Nashville and rock before it lost its roll-to craft contemporary tunes that capture the fresh-faced vigor of their models.

Torrey and Burkum's tight, imprinted-inthe-bloodline harmonies soar as sweetly as the Everly Brothers' and tumble as vertiginously as the Delmores', but smooth fraternal vocals are not the only tool in the Cactus Blossoms' kit. Both brothers play guitars from the same era as their inspirations. Burkum's 1960s Harmony Sovereign is a versatile rhythm machine, ambling and honeyed on the lilting title track, silvery and snapping on the smart-aleck Buddy Holly-inspired rocker "Clown Collector," and tumbling like a waterwheel on the lushly romantic travelogue "Mississippi. …

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