Milk Carton Kids


Tue April 23, 2013
World Cafe

The Milk Carton Kids, Making The Most Of Two Voices

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:36 pm

The Milk Carton Kids.
Courtesy of the artist

When Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers to form The Milk Carton Kids, they discovered that they had a lot to teach each other. They also had a plan: to give their music away in order to find their audience. It worked remarkably well. Now, their third album, The Ash & Clay, is out on a regular label — no freebies this time around — and they're playing to packed houses across the U.S. and Europe.

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Sat March 23, 2013
Music Interviews

The Milk Carton Kids: At Life's Crossroads, A Duo Looks Both Ways

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 7:28 am

Kenneth Pattengale (left) and Joey Ryan, who record as The Milk Carton Kids. Their new album is called The Ash & Clay.
Courtesy of the artist

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan were doing just fine as solo performers. Then one night, Ryan walked into a bar where Pattengale was playing.

"I heard Kenneth perform a song that he had written from the perspective of a dead dog, only very recently having been hit by a truck," Ryan says, wryly. "And it was that sort of uplifting material that drew us together."

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Mon July 16, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Milk Carton Kids: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 11:43 am

Emily Bogle NPR

The history of folk and pop music is littered with gorgeous intertwined voices: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, The Jayhawks' Mark Olson and

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Sat May 12, 2012

Weekend Audition: Milk Carton Kids

Screencap from the video "I Still Want a Little More" by The Milk Carton Kids (Studio Footage)


Tue April 3, 2012
World Cafe

The Milk Carton Kids On World Cafe

The Milk Carton Kids.
Brendan Pattengale

Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, known as The Milk Carton Kids, are getting a lot of well-deserved buzz. When the folk duo released its second album Prologue for free online last year, more than 60,000 fans downloaded the tracks. Acoustic, soothing, rich in ballads — the signature Milk Carton Kids form of fusing two voices into one sound is mesmerizing.

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