You didn’t hear The Milk Carton Kids on the televised portion of the Grammy Awards last night, but if you were at Nokia Theater for the Pretelecast, you would have heard them announced as nominees in one of the other 72 categories that were presented. Their new album, Ash & Clay, was nominated for Best Folk Album of 2013. Although it was outvoted by Guy Clark’s My Favorite Picture of You album, the nomination in itself was a huge honor at this point in the duo’s career. The Milk Carton Kids formed only three years ago after struggling to maintain careers as solo artists. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan met when Ryan attended a show where Pattengale was performing in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA. It hadn’t been three months before they independently recorded and released their first project, a live album titled Retrospect.
And only three months after that, they released their first studio album, Prologue. The band was publicly complimented by Sarah Bareilles on Twitter, which gave them a strong push of fans through social media. ”By the end of 2011, fans had downloaded the two albums over 60,000 times for free” on their website. It’s been a fast ride for Ryan and Pattengale, but I don’t think they would have it any other way. Their sudden popularity enabled them to tour with artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, the Lumineers, Leslie Stevens, and the Punch Brothers in 2012. This set up perfectly the release of their Gammy-nominated album in March 2013. The Ash & Clay was recorded by the duo in September 2012 with the help of Ryan Freeland (Glen Hansard, Over the Rhine, The Weepies, Ray LaMontagne) as engineer and released by ANTI- Records. The result: Grammy nomination. Not too shabby. Check out the video for “Honey, Honey.”
If you want to see other music videos with people regularly driving their cars, you’re in luck, because there are a few other song videos that share the same concept with different people. I can’t help but find them hilarious, but yet so brilliant at the same time since they allow you to focus on the purity of each song. If you haven’t noticed yet, the band has become known for their refined skills on the acoustic guitar. They typically play their vintage guitars with Ryan on a 1951 Gibson J45 and Pattengale on a 1954 Martin 0-15. If you’d like to get your copy of The Ash & Clay album, click on the Amazon tab to your left or the album art below. Enjoy!
By Steve Harpine | Digital Content Manager | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC