Woe to the unfortunate ear that is turned to a modern country radio station.

My disdain for modern country has long been documented on this blog. For fans of old school twang and the rough and rowdy ways of Willie, Waylon, and so many others, what’s being passed as country music these days is damned near sinful.

But all is not lost. All you have to do is empty the red solo cups and ride your horse a little bit farther down that old town road to find a myriad of country artists out there doing it right.

At the top of that list is The Cactus Blossoms. Rooted in the songwriting and harmonies of brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, The Cactus Blossoms find inspiration in the deepest roots of vintage country music, more akin to Hank Williams than Lil Nas X.

Critics have lauded the band’s work, with their new record, Easy Way, signaling a departure from their vintage country sounds and drawing easy comparisons to the iconic Everly Brothers As I noted not long ago on this very blog, The Cactus Blossoms harken back to the glory years of the Grand Ol’ Opry and what old school music is supposed to sound like.

On Thursday, The Cactus Blossoms will be stopping by The Southern Cafe & Music Hall in Charlottesville. Trail Mix would like to give you and a friend the chance to take in the show. Take a shot at the trivia question below. A winner will be chosen from all of the correct responses received by 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday.

Good luck!

Question . . . . Which member of The Black Keys has a couple co-write credits on The Cactus Blossoms’ new record?




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