The Milk Carton Kids—a harmonizing, minimalist duo—use two guitars and two voices to create their authentic combination of back-porch Americana and classic folk.
 
 
 
 
 
 
AVAILABLE APRIL 29TH
 
 
 
 
 
 
FIRST LOOK: LIVE FROM LINCOLN THEATRE
PHOTO BY KIM THIEL
 
The Milk Carton Kids are set to release a new concert DVD entitled "The Milk Carton Kids Live From Lincoln Theatre". The film documents the Grammy-nominated duo's performance at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. Available on April 29th from Amazon, iTunes, Netflix and more. A DVD will be available at TMCK concerts and will be included at retailers as part of a special deluxe version of "The Ash & Clay".
 
ANOTHER DAY/ANOTHER TIME
PHOTO BY CBS FILMS/SHOWTIME
 
A new concert film produced by the Coen Brothers and T Bone Burnett, Another Day/Another Time celebrates the music of "Inside Llewyn Davis" and the 1960's Greenwich Village Folk revival. The documentary includes performances by The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Dave Rawlings Machine, Rhiannon Giddens, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy, The Milk Carton Kids, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers, Patti Smith, Willie Watson, Gillian Welch, and Jack White, as well as the star of the film, Oscar Isaac.
 
VIDEO SESSION
PHOTO BY MARTIM VIAN
 
The Milk Carton Kids - Live at Hill Drive.
 
IN PRINT
 
PHOTO BY JAYME THORNTON
 
The Milk Carton Kids appear on the cover of the new Acoustic Guitar magazine. The issue hits newsstands on December 21st.
 
 
VIDEO SESSION
PHOTO BY ERIK SCHULTZ
 
The Milk Carton Kids visit Alberta Abbey to record for The Portland Sessions.
 
THE ASH & CLAY
 
GRAMMY® NOMINATED
BEST FOLK ALBUM OF 2013
 
PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN (COURTESY LOC)
 
 
VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
The Foreword to The Ash & Clay by Joe Henry
 
The good doctor William Carlos Williams famously wrote that “the pure products of America go crazy;” and it should surprise me not at all that the thought would find me a trembling but easy target alone in a hotel room, late of an evening, in the city of Hiroshima, by the Inland Sea.
 
This town has a way of stopping time and then re-animating it like still images in a flipbook, its stick figure dancing halting circles upon an endless sky. It invites you into a frozen past that flashes forward like a lost silent movie of our future already in progress.
 
Of course, the demands of travel have a beautiful way of skewing all perception, rendering it liquid and wholly unreliable–but in the way that keeps hard facts from obscuring the elusive truth: night becomes day; seasons arrive disguised as others; the living and the dead take up together in your mind like lonesome wallflowers at a Sunday Social; I phone my wife and she answers me with breaking news from the closed book of yesterday; I relearn to speak my own name...
 
Songs have the same power to confuse, seduce, stop time and re-animate it; to skin the lion and to leave it both spread on the floor and still stalking you from a ghostly crouch, the blood of your dreams already on its jowls. Because songs are in motion–and only fully realized in mid air and real-time— they are as untouchable as they are insistent.
 
It is here in room 922 of The Mitsui Garden Hotel that I have my first encounter with The Ash & Clay by The Milk Carton Kids. And whereas for as long as I have known them I have always perceived the twin voices of Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale as disappearing into one, I now hear that single and distinct character rising to speak for many...
 
For within these songs is a man himself in motion –a traveler who dances in silent, halting circles. And what he does is quietly bear witness like a weathervane, to the carnival of souls by the wayside, his eyes cornered but his face always pointing forward, his voice in our heads. He moves through love but is alone; laughs at the wreckage, weeps with lust; throws and sweeps confetti, stands at cold gravesides; raises a hand in promise, then picks your pocket and slips quietly back across the border. He slides outside the law, bound by honor and duty, the pure product of a mad country working with all its heart at fevered cross-purposes.
 
In the end it is mercy he is after, the character in this play—the kind of mercy that attends grace when truly living in spite of the inevitable, when singing the unspeakable to the unlistening. And from Hiroshima to Graceland, this character knows that the whole of human foolishness must be witnessed, loved, and forgiven for that mercy to be ratified.
 
Like Jesus and Harpo Marx, he does this for us all.
 
Joe Henry
Hiroshima, Japan
10 October, 2012
 
VIDEO SESSION
PHOTO BY EMILY BOGLE/NPR
 
The Milk Carton Kids visit All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen & co. at the NPR offices in Washington D.C. to perform a Tiny Desk Concert.
 
FREE MUSIC
PHOTO BY CARL VAN VECHTEN [L] AND MEGAN BAKER [R]
 
 
The Milk Carton Kids' first two albums remain free for download. To date they've been downloaded a combined 300,000 times.
 
ON TOUR
PHOTO BY BRENDAN PATTENGALE
 
Spring 2014 marks another lap around North America in headline performance at some of the finest listening rooms and theaters in the US and Canada.
 
SPRING 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
SOLD OUT 4/14 - Nashville, TN - Belcourt Theater
SOLD OUT 4/15 - St. Louis, MO - Sheldon Concert Hall
SOLD OUT 4/16 - Memphis, TN - Buckman Performing Arts Center
SOLD OUT 4/17 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay
SOLD OUT 4/18 - Atlanta, GA - The Buckhead Theatre
SOLD OUT 4/19 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
SOLD OUT 4/21 - Vienna, VA - The Barns at Wolf Trap
SOLD OUT 4/22 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
SOLD OUT 4/23 - New York, NY - NY Society for Ethical Culture
SOLD OUT 4/29 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
4/30 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
5/1 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
5/2 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
SOLD OUT 5/3 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
5/5 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
SOLD OUT 5/6 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
5/7 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College Chapel
SOLD OUT 5/8 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk
SOLD OUT 5/9 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk
SOLD OUT 5/10 - Stoughton, WI - Opera House
SOLD OUT 5/11 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club (Early)
SOLD OUT 5/11 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club (Late)
SOLD OUT 5/12 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
SOLD OUT 5/14 - Calgary, AB - Festival Hall
5/15 - Edmonton, AB - McDougall United Church
SOLD OUT 5/28 - Austin, TX - Stateside Theater
SOLD OUT 5/29 - Houston, TX - Mucky Duck
SOLD OUT 5/29 - Houston, TX - Mucky Duck
SOLD OUT 5/30 - Austin, TX - Stateside Theater
SOLD OUT 5/31 - Dallas, TX - Poor David's Pub
SOLD OUT 6/1 - Oklahoma City, OK - Blue Door
6/3 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
6/5 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
6/6 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
6/11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
SOLD OUT 6/12 - Vancouver, BC - St. James Hall
6/13 - Vancouver, BC - St. James Hall
6/14 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
6/15 - Chico, CA - Sierra Nevada Brewery
SOLD OUT 6/16 - Napa, CA - City Winery
SOLD OUT 6/17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Kuumbwa Jazz
6/18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
6/19 - Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theater
6/21 - Los Angeles, CA - Japan America Theater
SOLD OUT 6/22 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
SOLD OUT 6/23 - Phoenix, AZ - Musical Instrument Museum
SOLD OUT 6/24 - Phoenix, AZ - Musical Instrument Museum
SUMMER 2014 THE ASH & CLAY TOUR
7/17 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
7/19 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
7/20 - Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center
7/21 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
7/22 - Columbus, OH - Lincoln Theatre
7/23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Kelly Strayhorn Theater
7/24 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
2014 NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
7/26 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
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