It’s fitting that the song, “Mississippi,” from local folk duo The Cactus Blossoms’ 2016 album, “You’re Dreaming,” recently received a second life thanks to a television show that thrives on horror, murder, and mystery.
The duo and their song were recently featured on third episode of the newly revived “Twin Peaks.”
“It happened because of luck,” says Jack Torrey, who along with brother Page Burkum, had to remain very hush-hush until just recently about their involvement with the show. “Hard work and luck. We weren’t in direct contact with the music director, but we know he was a fan of JD McPherson (who produced “You’re Dreaming”) so we’re thinking maybe that’s how they heard us.”
“It was also just the timing,” Burkum chimes in. “They were working on the show when the album came out, and they heard it and thought, ‘This is a cool song.’”
Regardless of how they grabbed Hollywood’s attention, the brothers were asked if their song could be used in an episode of the show, and if they themselves would be willing to appear on camera.
“Once they gave us the invite, and we accepted, it sort of sunk in that we were going to have to go and do it physically too,” Torrey continues. “But honestly, we were too excited to be nervous.”
While the brothers’ time on screen didn’t stray far from their comfort zone, appearing as the band at an ominous bar and performing their tune, they had no idea how their scene would fit into the context of the creators David Lynch and Mark Frosts’ surreal world. Torrey and Burkum, like the rest of us, would have to wait until they saw it onscreen themselves.
“You never know what is going to make the cut,” Burkum says. “We were really surprised to see ourselves in the episode.”
“Seeing that was pretty dang cool,” says Torrey, who is quick to point out that he’s a fan and regular watcher of the series.
Currently in the midst of a massive summer tour, the brothers say the crowds come alive when they play “Mississippi” live.
“We’ll start the lead-in with the drums and people start to cheer,” says Burkum. “It really has sort of a second life.”
The Blossoms have capitalized on that second life, releasing a music video for the song just on June 9.
While they are enjoying their TV notoriety and the revived interest in their single, the brothers are planning on new recordings in the near future, once their hectic summer touring schedule wraps. But what about their acting careers? Or more specifically, might we see them appear back in the eerie town of Twin Peaks?
“I don’t know; we’ll see,” Torrey coyly says. “We can’t say too much or David Lynch might just get into our dreams.”
Burkum, meanwhile, has a much greater fear than the horrors of the show.
“We’re just afraid of being typecast,” he laughs.
The Cactus Blossoms return to Minnesota on July 30 to open for Steve Earle & the Dukes at the Minnesota Zoo’s Music in the Zoo series.