FitzGerald's American Music Festival: Reckless Kelly, Cactus Blossoms, Choctaw Wildfire, Sam Lewis, Claudettes, Salty Dogs, and others | FitzGerald's | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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Cactus Blossoms

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FitzGerald's American Music Festival: Reckless Kelly, Cactus Blossoms, Choctaw Wildfire, Sam Lewis, Claudettes, Salty Dogs, and others 

When: Sun., July 3, 1:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $50, $120 four-day pass
As the Cactus Blossoms, Minneapolis brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey follow a venerable tradition of close-harmony singing, vividly recalling the gorgeous vocal blend of the Everly Brothers (who borrowed from the Louvin Brothers). The group’s impressive debut album, You’re Dreaming (Red House), revisits the era when the Everlys first made their mark, tapping into a pleasing mix of country, early rock ’n’ roll, and dream pop with original love songs marked by melodies worthy of the sweet harmonies. Current roots star JD McPherson crisply produced the album, wisely enlisting a trio of Chicagoans to play behind the Minneapolitans: bassist Beau Sample and drummer Alex Hall (both members of the Fat Babies), and guitarist Joel Paterson, who doubles on woozy pedal steel). Together, they give the brothers a full-bodied platform marked by twangy resonance. Most of the songs embrace a midtempo amble: “Mississippi” includes a gently rolling groove, while “Change Your Ways or Die” moves with a trainlike chug. There’s not a single thing about the album that sounds like it was developed in the last 50 years, but I don’t care—the execution, tunefulness, and those amazing harmonies transcend time.
— Peter Margasak

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