"Rich and Gravelly Americana"
--Miles of Music
--Roots Rock Report
"What a terrific debut album"
"My surprise favorite of the year"
"Cactus Hunters deliver an impressive and promising debut."
--Country Standard Time
"Die verzamelde voor zijn debuut heel wat schoon volk rond zich."
--Alt. Country Belgium
"Kinda like if Robbie Robertson went out drinking with Buck Owens and wound up passed out in New Orleans."
--Freight Train Boogie Magazine
Cactus Hunters bring a rich musical history and tradition as they conjure a collection of gritty, soulful, often funny and unsettling songs that weld together elements of rock and roll, country, folk, roots, rockabilly, and soul from the great Americana songbook.
The core of the Cactus Hunters have been playing music together for nearly four decades. Formed around the songwriting of Lance Juckas, the Cactus Hunters have a veteran cast of musicians featuring Fred Scribner on guitar,(Gavin DeGraw, Little Sammy Davis, Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton) Professor Louie on keyboards, and accordion, (The Band, Rick Danko, Mercury Rev, The Crowmatix) Lance Juckas on vocals, bass, and guitar, John Rush and Brad Scribner on drums and Jake Lee Rau on backing vocals. The album was produced by Lance and Aaron Hurwitz (The Band, Graham Parker, Mercury Rev).
Songs of the Cactus Hunters tell resonant stories that are testimonials to desolation, dislocation, impossible love, resilience, bold stupidity, and while always trying hard to avoid it--transcendence.
Throughout North America, the Cactus Hunters have received critical acclaim and have been generously embraced by a wide variety of radio stations ranging from commercial and progressive country to alternative college radio. And, thanks in part to word of mouth and devoted DJs and fans, the Cactus Hunters popularity has continued to grow with their fan-base in Europe and Asia. The debut album \"Cactus Hunters\" charted on the AMA, FAR, and Roots Rock charts.