On November 10th, fresh on the heels of their 3rd appearance on A Prairie Home Companion , The Milk Carton Kids have been invited to tape an episode of the renowned television show Austin City Limits.
Flat-picking harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have emerged in the last three years as a powerful voice defining the continuing folk tradition. A refreshing alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called “folk revival”, an understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids to the delight of traditionalists and newcomers to the folk movement alike. Indeed, Garrison Keillor has called them “absolute geniuses in close-harmony”, while cultural purveyors like T Bone Burnett and Billy Bragg continue to refer the importance of The Milk Carton Kids among a group of new folk bands expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that comes before them.
The Los Angeles Times lauds their latest Anti- Records release The Ash & Clay as displaying “absolute mastery of their craft” while Paste Magazine emphasizes the “intellectual sophistication of their songs…making The Milk Carton Kids an option for purists unsatisfied with some of the pop tendencies seeping in to the genre.” Beyond their inventive guitar lines and intricately interwoven vocals, the road-addicted duo is celebrated for the wry and biting humor that has become a beloved mainstay of their shows, with Fretboard Journal declaring, “The Milk Carton Kids are funny. Seriously funny. And what is only hinted at on their albums and within some of the lyrics is on full display during their live performances.”
On November 12th, the duo will host the second iteration of “The Milk Carton Kids Revue” at Largo in Los Angeles. The collaborative show emphasizes the band’s versatility as they play a supporting role to a curated lineup of acclaimed Los Angeles artists. Featured guests this time include Griffin & Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Gaby Moreno, The SongBirds, Leslie Stevens, and Willie Watson, with additional very special unannounced guests. (Past guests have included Ed Helms, Joe Henry, Over the Rhine, Jill Sobule, Joe Purdy, John C. Reilly and Billy Bragg.)
The Milk Carton Kids are also performing this Saturday 11/2 at Miami University – Middletown – more info about the show can be found here – http://cincygroove.com/?p=26817