Finger on the Button
So Right (You Got Left)
Winter is Blue
I Never Knew Heartache (Then I Knew You)
Following praise from Paste and No Depression for the release of their first, eponymous LP in 2017, Blue Cactus did what stellar country acts do: they toured a lot.
Along the way, the North Carolina duo graced festival stages from Nashville’s Muddy Roots and Raleigh’s Hopscotch to NC’s own annual State Fair, and shared dates with the likes of The War and Treaty, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Lilly Hiatt, and Junior Brown among others-- building a fanbase that cherishes their singular, but familiarly rewarding take on classic country.
Somewhere in the milieu of that tried and true path, however, they found themselves exploring less-traveled terrain. Their sound grew taller and wider - their guitars began reaching for the stars, and, with the aid of their vibrant band, they unlocked deep, contagious grooves on stage. Alongside this sonic evolution, their songwriting took on a keener, more incisive form. Where they used to rely heavily on transient charm and wit, they began confronting heavy concepts head-on and put pen to paper with newfound confidence. “Throughout the course of touring and playing these songs live with our band, they came to life, and we knew we had found the people who needed to make this record with us,” recalls Stewart. After a string of singles in 2020 (with Finger on the Button spending months at the top of the Vintage Vibes playlist) their evolution is made plain on their second LP, Stranger Again, out May 7, 2021 on Sleepy Cat Records.