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The Milk Carton Kids: A Heartwarming HitFolk Alley

Listening to The Milk Carton Kids on an album is one thing; watching the band work its magic live is another. This performance of "Hope of a Lifetime," the opening song on The Ash & Clay, was filmed at the Folk Alliance conference in Toronto. With its elegantly phrased messages about growth and the complexity of progress, "Hope of a Lifetime" moves delicately and thoughtfully.

Kenneth Pattengale's lead guitar lines seem to trot over hills toward some ultimate promise — falling back here and there before continuing on. All the while, his musical partner, Joey Ryan, sings in a sweet and supportive falsetto that helps amplify the obvious comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel.

Still, there's nothing derivative about "Hope of a Lifetime." These guys are an entity unto themselves, and they've only just begun to hit their stride.

Credits
  • Producers: Linda Fahey, Beehive Productions
  • Audio: Jeff Oehler
  • Video Editing: Susan Bibeau
  • Cameras: Susan Bibeau, Jon Nungesser, Linda Fahey
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