The Milk Carton Kids—a harmonizing, minimalist duo—use two guitars and two voices to create their authentic combination of back-porch Americana and classic folk.
 
 
 
 
 
NEW RELEASE
PHOTO BY C.L. WASSON
Recorded on tour, The Milk Carton Kids offers its version of Pink Floyd's timeless classic Wish You Were Here captured live in front of an audience and one microphone.
 
FREE MUSIC
PHOTO BY CARL VAN VECHTEN [L] AND MEGAN BAKER [R]
 
 
The Milk Carton Kids' first two albums remain free for download. To date they've been downloaded a combined 750,000 times.
 
 
MUSIC VIDEO
Directed by Mike Venezia.
 
LIVE VIDEO
PHOTO BY CBS FILMS/SHOWTIME
The Coen Brothers and T Bone Burnett present Another Day/Another Time celebrating the music of "Inside Llewyn Davis" and the 1960's Greenwich Village Folk revival. The documentary includes performances by The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Dave Rawlings Machine, Rhiannon Giddens, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy, The Milk Carton Kids, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers, Patti Smith, Willie Watson, Gillian Welch, and Jack White, as well as the star of the film, Oscar Isaac.
 
 
VIDEO SESSION
 
IN PRINT
The Milk Carton Kids are profiled in Talk Of The Town
 
A PLACE OUT IN THE WORLD
THE FOREWORD TO MONTEREY - WRITTEN BY JOE HENRY

I’ve grown sick of the light, now that the once-distant sky has laid down beside me and spread the sun like a flaring map across both our knees, coquettish and cloying, groping my trunk and fleecing me of change; obscuring the authority of the seasons with eternal summer, when, time ago, days would darken to mark my way and progress, making cool the thoughts that now turn only in fevered, dull half circles; that tip away from invention and lean into surrender –the way the poor and kinder dime-a-dance girls once leaned just so into me, when I was over there.

Our country as well has grown silent with the burden of love, no single heart fully imagining the immensity of what it joins. We fight for the right to more –an odd and unholy sacrifice– our hopelessness the evidence of our greatest hope. We barter with blood and don’t know it –then trade it all back for peanuts and do; spend our first song asking the sparrow for her very last, then wonder why she pivots and leers, then leaves us wanting.

I used to see God in the song and myself in the silence –one betraying the other. Only now in the brief moments lured free of vanity do I hear both as music.

But listen: I am tired just now. I am a long way from home. I am home and afraid to know it. The dragon of my discontent describes a wild arc above me like a bridge I believe I can safely cross. Heaven help me, I am delighted by my own whimsy; and my dragon knows me better than I do. The circus stands alive with color at the edge of the water. There is an organ surely playing and I cannot hear it. Yet, here we are in any case...

This world is too old to change; and death will meet those who cannot see the future in the past.

As for me, I hear your voice in every song. I see your face in every statue, in every dark angel hovering by library vestibule, wedding chapel, and arcade emergency. I catch your eye in every waitress, shine boy, chambermaid and customs official; and every year I’ve spent with you --or spent waiting in terrible, triumphant exile-- is rung out on the street like prayer bells, like someone offering fish and lamp oil for sale, wool and buttons; onions, eggs, cut flowers and great plumed birds in cages.

I nod even at what I don’t understand, and smile when looking away, having stepped now into your past. And those angels I mentioned, they let me through unaccosted.

Lucky for me, my love, I know how old our future is.

Joe Henry
January, 2015

 
IN PRINT
PHOTO BY JAYME THORNTON
The Milk Carton Kids appear on the cover of Acoustic Guitar magazine Issue 254, February 2014.
 
ON TOUR
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
 
The Milk Carton Kids continue to tour North America in support of their album, Monterey.
 
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER SUMMER 2016 TOUR
 
7/2 VIENNA, VA WOLF TRAP
 
2016 MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
 
7/10 ORILLA, ON MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
 
2016 MONTEREY TOUR
 
7/11 OTTAWA, ON CENTREPOINTE THEATRE
7/12 EARLVILLE, NY EARLVILLE OPERA HOUSE
7/14 GENEVA, NY SMITH OPERA HOUSE
7/15 WOODSTOCK, NY BEARSVILLE THEATER
7/16 PORTSMOUTH, NH THE MUSIC HALL
7/17 NORFOLK, CT INFINITY HALL
7/19 NORTH TRURO, MA PAYOMET PAC IN TRURO
7/20 BURLINGTON, VT FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH
 
2016 HILLSIDE FESTIVAL
 
7/22 GUELPH, ON HILLSIDE FESTIVAL
 
2016 CANMORE FOLK FESTIVAL
 
8/1 CANMORE, AB CANMORE FOLK FESTIVAL
 
2016 FAYETTEVILLE ROOTS FESTIVAL
 
8/27 FAYETTEVILLE, AR FAYETTEVILLE ROOTS FESTIVAL
 
2016 MONTEREY TOUR
 
8/28 LAWRENCE, KS LIBERTY HALL
8/29 COLUMBIA, MO THE BLUE NOTE
8/30 OMAHA, NE SOKOL AUDITORIUM
9/1 DENVER, CO DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS
 
2016 FOUR CORNERS FOLK FESTIVAL
 
9/4 PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO FOUR CORNER FOLKS FESTIVAL
 
2016 MONTEREY TOUR
 
9/13 SANTA CRUZ, CA RIO THEATER
9/14 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA FREMONT THEATRE
9/15 GRASS VALLEY, CA THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
 
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND FALL 2016 TOUR
 
9/16 ROHNERT PARK, CA WEILL HALL
 
LAMPEDUSA: CONCERTS FOR REFUGEES
 
10/12 MILWAUKEE, WI PABST THEATER
 
2016 MONTEREY TOUR
 
10/27 HARRISONBURG, VA FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
10/28 RICHMOND, VA MODLIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
10/29 HAMILTON, OH PARRISH AUDITORIUM
10/30 ANN ARBOR, MI THE ARK
11/4 EDMONDS, WA EDMONDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
11/5 KIRKLAND, WA KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER
 
VIDEO SESSION
PHOTO BY EMILY BOGLE/NPR
Recorded in Washington, D.C.
 
VIDEO SESSION
PHOTO BY MARTIM VIAN
Recorded in Eagle Rock, CA.
 
VIDEO SESSION
PHOTO BY ERIK SCHULTZ
Recorded at Alberta Abbey in Portland, OR.
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