Awards: Grammy Award Nominee: 2013 Best Folk Album; 2015 Best American Roots Performance; 2018 Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
American Music Association Winner: 2014 Duo/Group of the Year
The Milk Carton Kids are a three-time, Grammy Award-nominated neo-traditional folk duo from Los Angeles, California.
Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan formed the group in early 2011, shelving their solo careers in favor of a collaborative project that focused on harmonized vocals, entwined acoustic guitars, and rootsy songwriting.
They released their first two albums — the live Retrospect and studio LP Prologue — in 2011, at which time they also began a pattern of persistent touring. Known on the road for their adversarial, Smothers Brothers-evoking comedic banter as well as their virtuosic guitar skills (Pattengale‘s intricate picking and Ryan‘s airtight rhythm guitar), they added a backing band to the project for the first time in 2018 with their fourth studio album, All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do. The duo pared things back in 2019 for the intimate The Only Ones.
In the beginning, despite earning comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel, the Civil Wars, and the Everly Brothers, the Milk Carton Kids‘ minimalist, down-home material had more in common with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings‘ duets. As a result, Pattengale and Ryan smartly marketed themselves to the Americana crowd.
The Only Ones, the group’s new record (out now on the band’s own Milk Carton Records imprint in partnership with Thirty Tigers), finds Ryan and Pattengale performing a stripped-down acoustic set without a backing band. On The Only Ones, the pair returns to the core of what they are about musically: the duo.
Music and more at http://www.themilkcartonkids.com/