The Milk Carton Kids to perform on Austin City Limits

By on October 28, 2013

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.)




“gorgeous contemporary folk” – NPR


“A sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers, with occasional acoustic prestidigitation.” – New York Times


“Both heartbroken and healed.” – Filter


“The Milk Carton Kids transport with heartbreaking understatement. Extraordinary musical facility, both vocal and on vintage guitars, meets humor, smarts and style on an otherwise ordinary stage.” – Huffington Post


“The duo makes four sounds – two voices, two acoustic guitars – sounds as big as a prairie. It’s modern roots music sung in close harmony with exquisite guitar work, but unselfconscious about any old-timey signifiers.” – Los Angeles Times


“Although their songs range from back-porch country to every variety of folk, from flat-out bluegrass to Tin Pan Alley romanticism, there is nothing “old-timey” about The Milk Carton Kids’ music. Quite the contrary; their music feels timeless” – Fretboard Journal


“Bittersweet and beautiful” – San Francisco Chronicle




10/28 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

10/29 – Columbus, OH – Lincoln Theater

10/30 – Knoxville, TN – The Bowery

11/1 – Asheville, NC – The Altamont Theater

11/2 – Middletown, OH – DFA at Miami U.

11/3 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay

11/4 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish at HOB

11/5 – Houston, TX – Mucky Duck

11/6 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler Theater (Opening for Sarah Jarosz)

11/7 – Austin, TX – The Paramount Theater (Opening for Sarah Jarosz)

11/8 – New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall (Opening for Sarah Jarosz)

11/9 – Elgin, IL – Arts Center at Elgin CC

11/12 – Los Angeles, CA – Largo – The Milk Carton Kids Revue

11/14 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage

11/15 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage

11/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Largo


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.