The Milk Carton Kids Co-Host + Perform Paul Simon's "American Tune" with Noah Kahan at 2023 Americana Music Awards

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Thursday, September 21, 2023

Grammy nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids were among the multitude of co-hosts, presenters and performers at last night’s Americana Music Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

In addition to their co-hosting duties, the duo joined Noah Kahan for a cover of Paul Simon’s beloved “American Tune” in front of the packed theater.

The Milk Carton Kids’ new record I Only See The Moon is out now to critical acclaim on Far Cry Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers. Order/stream the album HERE

In celebration of the new release, the band is touring the U.S. throughout the fall and into 2024. Tickets are available HERE.

The tour includes a performance at the first ever Los Angeles Folk Festival, which the band is producing in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) at The Ford October 7-8. The Milk Carton Kids will headline the festival alongside critically acclaimed artists Waxahatchee, Sierra Ferrell, Valerie June, Davíd Garza & Freaklórico, Haley Heynderickx, Tré Burt, Willie Watson and a number of very special guests. Tickets are available HERE.

With the festival, the band aims to bring a proper folk festival to their hometown and draw a line connecting the folk community from the collaborative Laurel Canyon scene of the 1960’s to the community of musicians and comedians working today at venues like L.A.’s Largo.

“Both of us have now lived enough life to understand that maybe one of the purposes we were put on Earth for is to sing together, to write songs together, to make music together,” notes guitarist/vocalist Kenneth Pattengale. “It has truly provided a direction for our lives.” Ryan adds, “It’s like a successful marriage in that there’s always been enough there between us collaboratively in the way that we work together, sing together, play together. It’s a very special thing. And I don’t think we ever took that for granted.”

Founded in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids swiftly emerged as a major force in the American folk tradition, blending ethereal harmonies and intricate musicianship with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary songcraft. 2013’s ANTI- debut The Ash & Clay proved their national breakthrough, earning The Milk Carton Kids their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. A second Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance followed in 2015 for the track “The City of Our Lady” from band’s acclaimed third studio album, Monterey, and 2018’s All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

The band’s most recent album, 2019’s The Only Ones (out now via Far Cry Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers), was the subject of extensive praise, with Rolling Stone proclaiming that “Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan get back to the beautiful basics with The Only Ones,” while NPR’s “World Café” noted that “even though Joey and Kenneth are not related, their voices together create a sibling-like harmony...the duo has a strong sense of respect and reverence for the musical traditions that they've grown from.”

1. All Of The Time In The World To Kill
2. Star Shine
3. When You’re Gone
4. Wheels And Levers
5. I Only See The Moon
6. Running On Sweet Smile
7. One True Love
8. Body & Soul
9. North Country Ride
10. Will You Remember Me

October 8—Los Angeles, CA—Los Angeles Folk Festival
October 10—San Francisco, CA—The Independent*
October 12—Portland, OR—Aladdin Theater*
October 13—Seattle, WA—St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral*
October 14—Vancouver, BC—Vogue Theatre*
October 16—Toronto, ON—Massey Hall†
October 17—Montreal, QC—MTELUS†
October 18—Kingston, NY—Broadway Theatre at UPAC†
October 21—Boston, MA—Roadrunner†
October 22—Boston, MA—Roadrunner†
October 23—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre†
November 4—Moab, UT—Moab Folk Festival
November 5—Santa Fe, NM—Meow Wolf‡
November 8—Austin, TX—Antone’s‡
November 9—Dallas, TX—Studio at The Factory‡
November 10—Houston, TX—Last Concert Café‡
January 29—Asheville, NC—Orange Peel§
January 30—Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theatre§
February 1—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium§**
*with Annahstasia
†supporting Gregory Alan Isakov
‡with Andrew Combs
§with Alix Page
**with Julian Lage