BLUE CACTUS makes country music for people who think they don’t like country music and people who love what country music used to be. Based out of Chapel Hill, NC, Blue Cactus is led by Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez who create songs that range from gritty honky-tonk to heartbreaking balladry. After four years of making music in their acoustic string-band Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends, the pair began writing country music, adding twangy tones of Arnez’s Telecaster, and Blue Cactus was born.
Coming off the release of their self-titled debut album, Blue Cactus has given life to the future of “modern classic country” and received praise from music critics across the nation. Inspired by the iconic vocal harmonies of the Everly Brothers and dynamic twang of great singers like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, Stewart and Arnez conjure a sound that will take you on a familiar journey into uncharted country, expanding tropes and breathing hope into the genre’s limitless possibilities.
2017 UPCOMING SHOWS