“Everybody loves Blue Cactus. Nobody doesn’t love them. And that’s because this hipster country outfit from Chapel Hill makes so-called Americana so-called country that doesn’t sound like every other “alt-country” act that’s come in the wake of Uncle Tupelo. Blue Cactus plucks from the best ’50s honky-tonk to the best ’60s countrypolitan to the best ’70s Gram Parsons teardrop, but doesn’t copy any of that stuff…” — Creative Loafing CLT (July 13, 2017)

“Blue Cactus is helping keep classic country alive.” — Frank Stasio (WUNC’s The State of Things)

“Together they conjure a sound that will take you back to the best duets from Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons .. the twangy, deep vocals of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, and the true grit of Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash…  For those of us clinging to the past of country music but desperately looking to the future, Blue Cactus gives us hope to fight another day.” — Auntie Bellum (April 10, 2017)

“Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez, operating as Blue Cactus, fully embody the love and heartbreak of honky-tonk… infusing classic country with an acutely personal sensibility and modern instrumentation.”Indy Week Record Review (March 1, 2017)
“The harmony on the track is beautiful as the duo complements one another in such a distinct way. You can’t help but fall in love with the heartache.” — Paste, (Feb. 24, 2017)

“If you’ve ever wondered … where Country and Americana music is going, look no further. Blue Cactus, is painting beautiful pictures of limitless possibility.” — No Depression (Feb. 24, 2017)

With Blue Cactus, Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez Embrace the Gaudy Trappings and Heavyweight Emotion of Classic Country Music — Independent Weekly (Feb 22, 2017)

“…the band’s album encompasses everything that made country music matter.” — Mother Church Pew (Feb. 21, 2017)

Blue Cactus Give Us Insight On Upcoming Release– No Depression (Feb. 17, 2017)

“Thankfully, there are still artists around today who make country music that stays true to the classic form. The duo who call themselves Blue Cactus are such artists. Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Blue Cactus are singer/songwriters Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez.” Eclectic Music Lover (Feb. 4, 2017)

“Their first out of the gate, I can’t imagine a more impressive display for the duo. Their heart-breaking ballad breaks through barriers, as it carries the story line of the video without flaw. Blue Cactus, we’re in love!”– Paste Magazine (Jan. 23, 2017)

Digging Deep with Blue Cactus — Exposed Vocals (Dec. 16, 2016)