The Milk Carton Kids / Trevor Menear
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A performance by the Milk Carton Kids is a quiet and intricate affair. Kenneth Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have enjoyed intent audiences across the country and abroad in their respective solo careers, but an even greater sense of attention is palpable now that they've come together as the Milk Carton Kids. Their songs are written together, but you wouldn't know there is more than one author. Their history together spans only one short year, but you wouldn't know that either. They stand close together when they play, facing each other and using microphones instead of plugging their guitars in. And if they looked more alike, you'd think they were brothers.
Trevor Menear dropped out of the sky in 2007 making his first appearance on Yoko Ono and Warner Bros. Records joint effort Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Along side 50 other artists which included Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, Regina Spektor, Jakob Dylan, The Cure, Jackson Brown, and U2. This raw introduction was more than enough to set him apart from the rest of the cast.
His debut Introducing Trevor Menear released under indie label Shangri-La, reveals an accessible blues-pop hybrid. His expressive voice bolstered by his plangent, nuanced guitar work, immediately conjures up images of Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix. Following with the independently released EP Boots For Alice, Menears music continues to span an eclectic gamut that gains him notoriety among heritage jam fans, art-loft acidheads, and many others in between.