|Milk Carton Kids’ latest release is nominated for Best Folk Album|
Grammy-nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Grammy-nominated flat-picking harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount.
In the last three years, the Los Angeles based duo has emerged 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 genre newcomers alike.
Indeed, Garrison Keillor has called them "absolute geniuses in close-harmony," and has invited them onto A Prairie Home Companion three times in 2013, 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 precedes them.
The Los Angeles Times lauds their latest release, "The Ash & Clay," as displaying "absolute mastery of their craft" while Paste 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."
In addition to a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album of 2013, The Milk Carton Kids also received a nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2013 Americana Music Awards. They are featured in T Bone Burnett & The Coen Brothers' concert film documentary "Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'," alongside Joan Baez, Jack White, Gillian Welch, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers and many other folk luminaries and upstarts.
The New York Times Magazine recently reviewed their sold out performance at Lincoln Center's American Songbook series: "There is something almost unnatural about the mellifluous harmonies of The Milk Carton Kids, something freakish. It's hard to believe that two people can sync to each other like that" and proclaiming that the duo's "guitar virtuosity" and "gentle blended voice and their puckish banter" "projected a kind of old-fashion authenticity in an Auto-Tune world."
Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 the day of show. The box office opens at 4 p.m. each day.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
For more information or tickets, visit www.harvester-music.com.