Milk Carton Kids Give Away 20,000 Downloads of Prologue
The Milk Carton Kids, Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan, formed in February of this year. Since going on tour with Joe Purdy, some kind words from producer/songwriter Joe Henry, and playing over over 60 shows across the country, TMCK are getting serious critical acclaim. They will play the Americana Music Association's Festival October 12 in Nashville, Tennessee, amidst a cross-country headlining tour. Full list of tour dates are below, and their album Prologue (released July 19th, 2011), which stands with 21,500 downloads to date, will remain free to fans forever. Previously released live album Retrospect has topped 22,500 downloads since its March debut.
A little history on The Milk Carton Kids:
If you're still not familiar, California-based The Milk Carton Kids, a harmonizing, minimalist duo, use two guitars and two voices to create a new combination of back-porch Americana and classic folk. Relying on compelling narrative, the seamless interplay between their 1950's acoustics, well-constructed harmony lines which play more like counterpoint melodies, and their natural stage chemistry, TMCK have drawn in and excited sold out crowds across North America since their formation earlier this year. The serendipitous meeting between the two led quickly to a shelving of the solo careers each had been pursuing. While neither had been compelled to such a collaboration with any of his peers before, an effortless musical complement, fast personal fondness, and like-minded view toward how to present the collaboration to their fans influenced the duo's formation and, almost immediately, began drawing praise from varied sources. While early press has indeed been kind to the duo, their spirit of independence compels them to release all of their music on their own label directly to their fans first, for free, forever. Vinyl, CDs, and t-shirts are available for purchase at live shows.