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:
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.