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The Cactus Blossoms have Dylan covered

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – The Cactus Blossoms are doing Dylan.

The duo of brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum will release "If Not For You (Bob Dylan Vol. 1)" on Sept. 30 via streaming.

The Cactus Blossoms reimagine four songs from the Dylan songbook. Vol. 1 draws from Dylan's early catalog and filters his work through the lens of the brothers' harmonies and arrangements. The first single is "Tell Me That It Isn't True," from Dylan's influential 1969 "Nashville Skyline" album. "Dylan's music was a friend and guide to me in those early years and has continued to be an artistic home base for me and Page," Torrey said. "His songwriting on the 'Nashville Skyline' and 'New Morning' albums are such departure from his mid-60s rock'n'roll poetry, and they really comfortably fit into our wheelhouse without us having to imitate his unique style."

"When we were finishing up our 'One Day' album, we were itching to get back in the studio and keep the creativity flowing," Torrey said. "We had recorded a version of 'Went to See The Gypsy' a while back, and we were thinking about doing an EP of other people's songs, but then it just made sense to stick with all Dylan tunes. He's written a million songs, and he's always been an inspiration for us. So many of Bob Dylan's songs are filled with wonderful phrasing that doesn't really lend itself to harmony singing, so we got together and started singing some of his songs to see which ones we could bend into our world."

The track list is:
1. If Not For You
2. To Ramona
3. Went To See The Gypsy
4. Tell Me That It Isn't True

This is the second Dylan release this year. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band released "Dirt Does Dylan" on March 8.

The Cactus Blossoms are currently on tour, including select dates with Wilco.


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