Cactus Hunters | Something Gone

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Something Gone

by Cactus Hunters

With "Something Gone," Cactus Hunters conjure a collection of gritty, soulful, often funny and unsettling songs that weld together elements of rock and roll, country, folk, roots, psychedelia, blues, garage, and soul music from the Americana songbook.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Arizona
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2. Broken Down
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3. You and Me
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4. Church On The Hill
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5. Marianne
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6. Last Tango In Paris
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7. One Way Town
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8. Something Gone
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9. Mexico
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10. Beautiful Sadness
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11. Waiting On The Moon
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Album Notes
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.


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Owen Scott

Well written songs, very nice understated guitar
This is the second Cactus Hunters I have purchased, and very well done, as was the first. The songs are well written, and it's clear that Mr. Juckas is as much a poet as he is a musician. The guitar work by Fred Scribner is understated and very nice. I say "understated" because I used to listen to Mr. Scribner about twenty-five years ago in the Hudson Valley and he was a brilliant guitarist even then. On this album he lays back and allows Lance's excellent stories to be told, but with measured and supportive accompaniment. As we might have said many years ago, the guitar work is "tasty". Great job, guys ...

Sarah from NYC

I love this album!
Why aren't they more popular? This is a great album, pure and simple. Moving songs with heart and soul. I love this album.

Gil From Santa Fe

Feels Like Home
I downloaded the MP3 for Something Gone last week and I'm back to download the other Cactus Hunters album now. I love this album. I'm not a writer, but I've been listening non-stop. Check it out!

Mike Ross

Only Rock & Roll, Yes!
I love this album. My favorite song is "Broken Down" and I also love "Waiting on the Moon" which Chuck Prophet plays guitar on. Chuck Prophet is one of my favorite guitar players. With their great songs and unusually tasteful musicians, these guys have plenty to offer. I'm always surprised when I find music like this that no one has heard of that is so tasteful and well done. It goes to show you the great music that's out there just off the beaten track. Well done guys, make some more music.

Mariko Noyes

Refreshing imagistic songs with a more experimental and playful approach to buil
Something Gone, with songs like You and Me, Last Tango in Paris and Beautiful Sadness, is definately more lyrical than the debut album, which allows the singer to explore more emotional experiences. What is so outstanding about this album is the poetic quality of the lyrics and unique musical texture of each individual song. While there is a tension between what the singer is singing about and what the sounds of the songs convey, Cactus Hunters succeed in being lyrical with the vivid imagery of each song without being self-indulgent or confessional. Broken Down echoes subtly with lyrics embraced by Bob Dylan, which makes the song distantly familiar at first, however Cactus Hunters still manages to bring something new to that phrase by singing about such a seemingly depressing or "down" topic and setting it to an upbeat and almost whimiscal-line-dancing-sort-of-musical-landscape. Juckas sings with intonations and inflections, holding on to certain sounds longer than others and varying his ennunciation of words as he sings, which adds even more emotion than the lyrics themselves can express. Always interested in capturing
different layers of sounds, Cactus Hunters further experiments with the texture of music in the song,
Waiting on the Moon. By repeating the last lines of the chorus in the sound of a "radio call," it is as though the singer really is waiting on the moon. This album really is a journey on a "broken down road" through a musical scrapbook of experiences from Arizona to Paris to Mexico to even the moon! By taking familiar, every day objects, such as a postcard, and adding a fresh twist, Cactus Hunters paints a clear picture of the song, Beautiful Sadness, as the listener can just imagine the "postcards of your heart all over the place." With surprisingly pungent lyrics like, "the light is much too bright in here for how you look tonight," Cactus Hunters confronts the listener with bittersweet truths of disillusioning experiences of love lost. Although there is an immediate sense of loss or something gone in these songs, there is also something gained, something preserved from that loss: the beautiful sadnesss and transcendence of this scrapbook of songs.

Paul N. from Austin

Simply put, I love this album!


these guys touched my heart and soul!!

I didn't know what to expect and I loved this CD. Unpretentious and biting and heartbreaking and interesting with every song.

Catch them before they are too big or burned out. This is a real work of art for me because every song is totally new, yet it feels like I have been listening to these songs forever. I haven't had that feeling in a long time. Bravo gents.


Love it!!!!