In "Hope of A Lifetime" they give us the sage line, "Freedom comes from being unafraid of the heartache that can plague a man." In other songs on their latest release, "The Ash & Clay," there is a general sense of making the most of your precious time, holding close the ones you love and trying to move past anything in life that has broken you. Perhaps the only way to do that is to plow right through those memories and emotions, unafraid, "of the heartache that can plague a man" in order to get to the other side.
Intricate guitar licks and the warm, vibrant harmonies of this folk duo have drawn them inevitable comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul & Mary and The Everly Brothers. Woven through the threads of their compositions are also a strong influence of traditional country and Americana sounds, reminiscent of the more contemporary guitar compositions of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The result is a sound that is a marriage of folk and country; the present day nodding its head and tapping its foot at the past.
"The Ash & Clay" is the third album from this still relatively newly minted band. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan met in their shared hometown of Eagle Rock, California. Each had been developing a solo career but came together as a duo in 2011. They quickly caught the attention of established artists such as Joe Purdy and Sara Barreilles, and by the end of 2011 had landed themselves on several "end of the year" favorite lists.
The Milk Carton Kids, known for being sharp dressers, brought both style and substance to the KDHX studios and left us with a collection of songs that feel appropriate for the fall season we are sinking into now. It's a time for reflection, thoughtfulness and holding on to warm feelings as we head into the cold months ahead.