Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have kept themselves busy since the two Californian natives formed the band The Milk Carton Kids in 2011. Since 2011 they have continued to make ground in the ‘nu folk’ music industry and 2013 has been an interesting year for the two.
Their new album, Ash and Clay released in March of this year, lead to The Milk Carton Kids invitation to play at the 40th Telluride Music festival three months later. The duo played on the Thursday day time making their main stage debut. They made quite the impression sporting matching suits. They ignited the dozy festival crowd by playing the fan favourite Girls, Gather Round from their first album Retrospect.
It is not only festival crowds that Pattengale and Ryan have been pleasing, The Milk Carton Kids have also appeared on the new PBS Documentary, Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana. The documentary was co-directed by Carol Stein and Susan Wittenberg, the same two directors who made the film Women Who Rock. The hour long broadcast will air on PBS on 22 November and will feature some of today’s best country and folk artists.
The good news does not stop there for the two musicians as they are set to tape an episode on the prestigious Austin City Limits. There has been a really positive buzz surrounding the duo with the New York Times dubbing them: “a sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers with occasional acoustic prestidigitation.” This continued coverage will persist to push The Milk Carton Kids towards the public eye which could change the face of the apparent ‘folk revival’ that has been spearheaded by the popular bands such as Mumford and Sons.
By Luke Bennett