Attending a Milk Carton Kids concert is rewarding on many levels. The first thing you notice are the duo’s gorgeous harmonies. The second thing that stands out is the pair’s deft acoustic guitar playing. The songs are both new and timeless, a fresh take on the music of Simon & Garfunkel. And, as if all that wasn’t enough, the MCK’s between song conversations are simply hilarious… sarcasm as art.

During this Fretboard Journal Live session, the MCK performed two tunes for our cameras, including the title track to their album The Ash & the Clay. They have a lively talk to Fretboard Journal publisher Jason Verlinde about their guitars of choice – a 1954 Martin 0-15 for Kenneth Pattengale, a 1951 Gibson J-45 for Joey Ryan – their songwriting process, the comparisons they get to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and a lot more.

Years ago Steve Hardaker, (Woodies’ Open Mic stalwart), Frank, (our drummer with The Grateful Fred Band) and myself had a band for many years called “Palomino”, which was named after the famous Los Angeles club of that name. Because all the leading country-rocks artistes played “The Palomino” and UK artistes tried to include it in their tour schedules, we had this image of the club as the epi-centre of country-rock chic and we thought the name was really cool. So we chose it hoping some of it’s hip coolness would rub off on us. We had some great years too with “Palomino” and we’re all still playing. I saw this great article about “The Palomino” on the excellent “No Depression” website and thought you might find it an interesting read…

Years ago Steve Hardaker, (Woodies’ Open Mic stalwart), Frank, (our drummer with The Grateful Fred Band) and myself had a band for many years called “Palomino”, which was named after the famous Los Angeles club of that name. Because all the leading country-rocks artistes played “The Palomino” and UK artistes tried to include it in their tour schedules, we had this image of the club as the epi-centre of country-rock chic and we thought the name was really cool. So we chose it hoping some of it’s hip coolness would rub off on us. We had some great years too with “Palomino” and we’re all still playing. I saw this great article about “The Palomino” on the excellent “No Depression” website and thought you might find it an interesting read…

I was reading the latest “Bob Lefsetz Letter (recommended if you love music at http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/) about the sad death of Gerry Goffin and he included the following lyrics in his letter. What great lyrics and what a great, great song: I think I’m goin’ back To the things I learned so well in my youth I think I’m returning to Those days when I was young enough to know the truth Now there are no games to only pass the time” No more electric trains, no more trees to climb But thinking young and growing older is no sin And I can play the game of life to win

I was reading the latest “Bob Lefsetz Letter (recommended if you love music at http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/) about the sad death of Gerry Goffin and he included the following lyrics in his letter. What great lyrics and what a great, great song:

I think I’m goin’ back
To the things I learned so well in my youth
I think I’m returning to
Those days when I was young enough to know the truth
Now there are no games to only pass the time”
No more electric trains, no more trees to climb
But thinking young and growing older is no sin
And I can play the game of life to win

I listen to a ton of podcasts. I subscribe to some great programs. I listen to them on my iPhone but I think any smart phone or iPod will let you subscribe to podcasts. Out of interest I find the “Casts App” the best for podcasts. This podcast “Song Exploder” was brought to my attention today and looks really interesting. Especially if you like to know the mechanics of how a song was written.http://songexploder.net/

I listen to a ton of podcasts. I subscribe to some great programs. I listen to them on my iPhone but I think any smart phone or iPod will let you subscribe to podcasts. Out of interest I find the “Casts App” the best for podcasts. This podcast “Song Exploder” was brought to my attention today and looks really interesting. Especially if you like to know the mechanics of how a song was written.
http://songexploder.net/

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I’ve posted before about the great “Sing Out Magazine”. Here’s a couple of copies I bought in 1964 from Cranes Music, Hanover Street, Liverpool. Also one of the songs featured in the magazine, “San Francisco Bay Blues" that I’m still playing all these years after.

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