With the release of their second album titled "Something Gone", the Cactus Hunters continue to bring a rich musical history and tradition to their music.
The core of the Cactus Hunters have played music together for nearly four decades. And, like the debut album, "Something Gone" is distinguished with its honest and diverse songs and songwriting as well as the emotional guitar playing and musicianship throughout. With the song writing of Lance Juckas and brothers Brad and Fred Scribner, (Levon Helm, Gavin DeGraw, Little Sammy Davis, Delbert McClinton) the Cactus Hunters conjure a collection of gritty, soulful, often funny and unsettling songs that weld together elements of rock and roll, country, folk, roots, rockabilly, blues and anything else they can pull from the great Americana songbook.
As the debut album had long-time friend and Woodstock music guru Professor Louie (The Band, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Mercury Rev, Dave Brubeck) adding keyboard, accordion, and mixing. The new album has West Coast friends Max Butler (Red Meat, Chuck Prophet, Kelly Willis) on Pedal Steel and Mando Cello, Teal Collins (The Mother Truckers, Third Eye Blind) singing back-up, Mike Emerson on keyboards, and Chuck Prophet sitting in on guitar for a song.
Songs of the Cactus Hunters tell resonant stories that are testimonials to desolation, dislocation, impossible love, resilience, 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 grown with their fan-base in Europe and Japan with little promotion. The debut album "Cactus Hunters" charted on the AMA, FAR, and Roots Rock charts.