The Milk Carton Kids Release Retrospect

The Milk Carton Kids Release Retrospect

The Milk Carton Kids is a new entry into the world of folk music. Falling somewhere between the old-timey traditionalism of Gillian Welch and the modern frenzy stirred by The Civil Wars, the duo that is The Milk Carton Kids uses only two voices and two old guitars to convey poignant songs that betray the youth of the band members. Their debut performance was a sold-out evening at the Los Angeles folk mecca, McCabe's last year. In the ensuing months they honed their show on the road, capturing it at two sold-out performances in Ventura, California as a live album which became their debut release Retrospect. The live album was released on March 15th, 2011 on their own Milk Carton Records, and is completely free online (7,000 downloads in the first two weeks and counting).

Individually, the members of The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan) have toured and released ten albums between them to critical acclaim (see quotes below). As a duo, their auspicious start is apparent in the fast respect they've earned from their musical peers. Last year was punctuated by opening slots for critical darling Vienna Teng, Grammy nominated Sara Bareilles, and acclaimed songwriter and frontman Glen Phillips.

With the current release of Retrospect and the announcement of a two month tour supporting Joe Purdy, 2011 will mark the formal introduction of The Milk Carton Kids. Not only will they open 38 shows for the reclusive troubadour across North America, they will also comprise Purdy's backing band performing duties on bass, pedal steel, piano, guitar, and harmonies. Looking ahead, expect their first studio recordings in the fall on their forthcoming release, Prologue.

RIYL: Gillian Welch, The Civil Wars, Justin Townes Earle
VIDEO: "As It Must Be" -
** "As It Must Be" is a free mp3 available for reposting (but the whole album is a free download at Your call.

On Kenneth: "California's son Kenneth Pattengale's sense of frontier musicianship is at once evocative of Tom Waits and the tumbleweed troubadours of the American West..."
- Flavorpill

On Joey: "This is effortlessly charming music with a warm streak of melody, honesty, and humility."
- I Am Fuel, You Are Friends

April 22 - The Parish - Austin, TX
April 23 - The Loft - Dallas, TX
April 25 - Santa Fe Brewing Company - Santa Fe, NM
April 27 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
April 28 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
April 29 - Saint Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA
April 30 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA (West Hollywood)
May 3 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
May 5 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
May 6 - The Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA
May 7 - The Rio Theater - Vancouver, BC
May 9 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
May 10 - State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
May 11 - Belly Up Aspen - Aspen, CO
May 12 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
May 14 - The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
May 15 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
May 16 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN
May 17 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
May 18 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
May 19 - Off Broadway Nightclub - St. Louis, MO
June 8 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
June 9 - WorkPlay - Birmingham, AL
June 10 - The Loft - Atlanta, GA
June 11 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
June 12 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
June 14 - Ram's Head - Annapolis, MD
June 15 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
June 16 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
June 17 - StageOne - Fairfield, CT
June 20 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
June 21 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
June 22 - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA
June 23 - Higher Ground - So. Burlington, VT
June 25 - Le Petit Campus - Monreal, QC
June 26 - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ONT
June 27 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
June 28 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
June 30 - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY