Music You Need to Hear: The Milk Carton Kids

Tonight I was lucky enough to be able to treat my ears to the music of The Milk Carton Kids out at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Virginia.  I heard them for the first time last September when I attended the benefit concert Another Day/Another Time – Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis.”  I remember being just mesmerized watching the flatpicking talent of Kenneth Pattengale and being delighted by their harmonies.

Their stage banter, mostly led by Joey Ryan, is unmatched.  Sometimes I didn’t know if I was at a comedy show or a concert!  If I had to describe their sound, they are a kind of modern folk version of Simon and Garfunkel.  Watch this clip of “Snake Eyes” from the ADAT concert’s associated Showtime documentary to get a taste:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hQZyeMLMag

If you can make Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile grin from ear to ear and Marcus Mumford get a little emotional, you must be absolutely great.  Here’s another clip that really captures Joey’s witty, deadpan humor…and more flatpicking from Kenneth.

Tonight was such an enjoyable event, and I can’t wait to see them again this summer when they head back to the area.

 

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