Unerringly hitting a unique sweet spot between heartbreak and hilarity, LA-based Grammy nominees the Milk Carton Kids – singer-songwriter/guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan – have recently guested with such diverse luminaries as Mumford & Sons, Sarah Silverman, Mavis Staples, Chris Thile, Judd Apatow, Jason Isbell and John Prine, amidst wall-to-wall critical raves for 2018’s upheaval-inspired fourth album All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do. Songs and singing to die for; equally deadly comic sparring to make you cry laughing.
Stars of Transatlantic Sessions 2018, Alabama’s Laura and Lydia Rogers made a fairytale start as the Secret Sisters, championed by heroes like T Bone Burnett and Dave Cobb. Then the story darkened: dropped by their label in 2015, they found themselves sued, near-bankrupt and creatively blocked. Enter Brandi Carlile, who reckons the Rogers “two of the most stunning singers in the world”, and produced their triumphant, Grammy-nominated comeback album, 2017’s You Don’t Own Me Anymore.