Musical Love…

As you may (or may not) know, I am a huge fan of


I am on their email list and got an email the other day saying they have been nominated for a Grammy Award (which takes place in late January 2014) for their album called The Ash and Clay.

I got the information below from the web site. They are in Music Category #49. It boggles my mind that there are EIGHTY TWO (82) categories of music in this Awards show.

Here is the M.C.Kids’ category:

49. Best Folk Album

My Favorite Picture Of You

Guy Clark

Label: Dualtone

Sweetheart Of The Sun

The Greencards

Label: Darling Street Records

Build Me Up From Bones

Sarah Jarosz

Label: Sugar Hill Records

The Ash & Clay


Label: Anti Records

They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration

(Various Artists)

Chris Strachwitz, producer

Label: Arhoolie Records

I have never watched a Grammy Awards show before, and I hope I can stay up and see my guys at least perform on the show but better yet, to WIN in their category. That would be very special indeed.

I’ve been watching their web site as they have spent this past year doing live gigs all over the world. I suspect they will be quite exhausted after this past year.

Here is some info from their Email about what’s been happening with these two talented young men, Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale:






The Ash & Clay earns GRAMMY nomination for Best Folk Album

Alongside Guy Clark, The Greencards, Sarah Jarosz, and Chris Strachwitz, The Milk Carton Kids’ new album, The Ash & Clay, has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album. Voting is underway now, and the awards will be announced on January 26th.

LINK Grammy Nominees

Another Day/Another Time airs tonight on Showtime 10PM ET/PT

A new concert film produced by the Coen Brothers and T Bone Burnett, Another Day/Another Time celebrates 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.

LINK Another Day/Another Time on Showtime

Acoustic Guitar Magazine February Issue Out 12/21

The Milk Carton Kids appear on the cover of the new Acoustic Guitar magazine. The issue hits newsstands on December 21st.

LINK Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Wild Edges: Five Songwriters Engage the American Songbook

The Milk Carton Kids partner with Joe Henry and Over The Rhine for a live album recording over two nights at Duke University’s Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC, April 11th & 12th. The material will consist entirely of new songs, written in collaboration, which engage, respond to, and reimagine the great American songbook.

2014 Headline Shows

TMCK’s most ambitious string of performances to date, The Ash & Clay 2014 Headline Tour is on sale now. Dates listed below.

LINK Tour Dates

1/28 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage (tickets) – (info)

2/2 – Glasgow, UK – St. Andrews In The Square (tickets) – (info)

2/4 – Copenhagen, DK – Lille Vega (tickets) – (info)

2/5 – Stockholm, SE – Sˆdra Teatern (tickets) – (info)

2/6 – Oslo, NO – Kulturkirken Jakob (tickets) – (info)

2/7 – Ludenscheid, DE – Kulturhaus (tickets) – (info)

2/8 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen (tickets) – (info)

2/12 – New York, NY – Allen Room at Lincoln Center co-headline with Sarah Jarosz – (tickets) – (info)

2/27 – Bellevue, WA – Wintergrass (tickets) – (info)

3/1 – Bellevue, WA – Wintergrass (tickets) – (info)

4/11 – Durham, NC – Hayti Heritage Center as Wild Edges – (tickets) – (info)

4/12 – Durham, NC – Hayti Heritage Center as Wild Edges – (tickets) – (info)

4/14 – Nashville, TN – Belcourt Theater (tickets) – (info)

4/15 – St. Louis, MO – Sheldon Ballroom (tickets) – (info)

4/16 – Memphis, TN – Buckman Performing Arts Center (tickets) – (info)

4/17 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay (tickets) – (info)

4/18 – Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre (tickets) – (info)

4/19 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle (tickets) – (info)

4/21 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap (tickets) – (info)

4/22 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live (tickets) – (info)

4/24 – Brownfield, ME – Stone Mountain Arts Center (tickets) – (info)

4/30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall (tickets) – (info)

5/1 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (tickets) – (info)

5/2 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre (tickets) – (info)

5/3 – Toronto, ON – The Great Hall (tickets) – (info)

5/5 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom (tickets) – (info)

5/6 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark (tickets) – (info)

5/7 – Grand Rapids, MI – Ladies Literary Club (tickets) – (info)

5/10 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House (tickets) – (info)

5/11 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club (tickets) – (info)

5/12 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre (tickets) – (info)

5/14 – Calgary, AB – Festival Hall (tickets) – (info)

5/15 – Edmonton, AB – McDougall United Church (tickets) – (info)

5/29 – Houston, TX – Mucky Duck (tickets) – (info)

5/30 – Austin, TX – Stateside Theater (tickets) – (info)

5/31 – Dallas, TX – Poor David’s Pub (tickets) – (info)

6/1 – Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Door (tickets) – (info)

6/3 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater (tickets) – (info)

6/5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room (tickets) – (info)

6/6 – Boise, ID – Neurolux (tickets) – (info)

6/11 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (tickets) – (info)

6/12 – Vancouver, BC – St. James Hall (tickets) – (info)

6/14 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater (tickets) – (info)

6/17 – Santa Cruz, CA – Kuumbwa Jazz (tickets) – (info)

6/18 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (tickets) – (info)

6/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Japan America Theater (tickets) – (info)

6/22 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up (tickets) – (info)

6/23 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum (tickets) – (info)

Wow, look at that 6 month schedule for the first half of 2014 for them. They are hot.

This is one of my favorites of theirs, The Jewel of June:

Recently, I read an article about a local coffeehouse in Marblehead (The Me and Thee Coffeehouse) that’s been located at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Marblehead for many, many years. We’ve gone to a few shows there but it’s a late night and now that we’re geezers, it’s just too much. The last person we saw sing there was the great folk singer Cheryl Wheeler. So I wrote to the woman who did the article and asked if they had heard of the Milk Carton Kids and that we’d probably make the effort to go if they were to show up there! She wrote back to me saying oh yes, they knew of them and they had TRIED to get them to perform there but they’ve gotten so popular so fast, their fee for performing is way beyond what the Me and Thee can afford. So they have outpriced themselves!

That’s OK. I go to bed when their musical evenings are just getting underway anyway.

I just wish they would stay home long enough to put out another album. I have all three of theirs and I’ve played them so much that one is skipping in a certain place now. I am wearing them out!!!

NOTE: This was included somewhere in there:

The Milk Carton Kids partner with Joe Henry and Over The Rhine for a live album recording over two nights at Duke University’s Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC, April 11th & 12th. The material will consist entirely of new songs, written in collaboration, which engage, respond to, and reimagine the great American songbook.

So a new album maybe by the end of next year!

I hope the people who vote on the Grammy Awards see the genius in these two musicians and that they win their category. But just to be nominated, as they say, is a very big honor!

Go Joey and Kenny! We love you!

Cheers to my Milk Carton Kids,


It’s in every one of us to be wise;

Find your heart, open up both your eyes.

We can all know every thing without ever knowing why.

It’s in every one of us, by and bye.

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7 Responses to Musical Love…

  1. Love your enthusiasm for your music favorites. I need to come back and give them a listen.


  2. Bex says:

    Nina, Paul is only done lobstering for the year IF YOU are done traveling… and you know the answer to that is a resounding “no way!” He fishes all year, only taking days off due to extreme cold (like now) or high winds. He fishes in rain and snow alike.


  3. nina says:

    28!!!!! You behave like newlyweds! BTW, is he done lobstering for the year?


  4. Bex says:

    Nina, now that you’re retired, maybe you could make an exception that night! They are coming to Boston, too, but I haven’t been into Boston in many decades and I’m not about to start now… too crazy in there. And, on 5/10 you could go in honor of our wedding anniversary – Paul and I will have been married 28 years on that date!


  5. mz. em says:

    Great post Bex. I do hope they win. I haven’t worn out my CDs yet but they are getting there.


  6. nina says:

    Beautiful stuff, Bex! And one of their performance places (Stoughton) is just a few miles from where I live! But I have the same issue — I can’t stay awake long! Though in the month of May it’s a tad easier!


  7. Sandy From Iowa says:

    “YIPPY”…Hope they win …lots of stuff you put here for us to read and hear…thanks


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