Indie folk duo The Milk Carton Kids have announced dates for a fall North American tour in support of their new album, I Only See The Moon. The tour is scheduled along with a performance at the inaugural Los Angeles Folk Festival, which the band is producing in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) Oct. 7-8.
I Only See The Moon was released earlier this month on Far Cry Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers and has received critical acclaim from American Songwriter, The Bluegrass Situation, PopMatters and more.
A review from Glide Magazine proclaims: “The eleven-song effort eases out majestically around the duo’s vocal harmonies and light acoustic instrumentation…these songs touch on solitude, fading love, trying to grow up and some bleak topics, but their sweet sound together makes listening to them a joy.”
Following appearances at Kerrville Folk Festival, Sad Songs Summer Camp and Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots, the fall tour starts with a Sept. 9 show at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina. Stops include Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live, Chicago’s Thalia Hall, Washington, D.C.’s Union Stage, San Francisco’s The Independent and Austin’s Antone’s.
The duo – made up of guitarist/vocalist Kenneth Pattengale and guitarist/vocalist Joey Ryan – is also playing a handful of gigs with Gregory Alan Isakov including Toronto’s Massey Hall, two nights at Boston’s Roadrunner and New York’s Beacon Theatre.
An announcement notes that with the first-ever Los Angeles Folk 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.” The lineup includes Waxahatchee, Sierra Ferrell, Valerie June, Davíd Garza & Freaklórico, Haley Heynderickx, Tré Burt, Willie Watson and special guests.
“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,” Pattengale says. “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.”
Recent box office reports submitted to Pollstar include a Nov. 4 show at The Commonwealth Room in Salt Lake City that sold 465 tickets and grossed $18,095.
Tickets for the fall tour are on sale now. Check out the band’s schedule below.
I ONLY SEE THE MOON TOUR
June 2—Kerrville, TX—Kerrville Folk Festival
July 25-28—Big Indian, NY—Sad Songs Summer Camp
August 20—Manchester Center, VT—Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots
September 9—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle
September 10—Washington, DC—Union Stage
September 12—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live
September 13—Pittsburgh, PA—Thunderbird Café and Music Hall
September 14—Detroit, MI—El Club
September 15—Cleveland Heights, OH—Grog Shop
September 17—Columbus, OH—A&R Music Bar
September 18—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall
September 19—Lexington, KY—The Burl
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 Gregory Alan Isakov