Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids appeared on last night's Austin City Limits, each playing a spectacular set of their brand of indie-folk / Americana.
Sarah Jarosz kicked off the show with "Build Me Up From Bones," the title track from her most recent record. Playing an 8 string baritone guitar, she's joined by Alex Hargreaves on violin and Nathaniel Smith on cello. The next track is an instrumental jam, full quick paced bluegrass picking and intricate melodies. Jarosz introduced the following song, "The Book of Right On," as a Joanna Newsome cover, the crowd roared, and she switched over to mandolin. The Milk Carton Kids joined her for the next number, "Annabelle Lee" -- a song inspired by an Edgar Allen Poe poem -- and they harmonized beautifully. She closed the set with Build Me Up From Bones' "Over The Edge" and an unaccompanied Paul Simon cover.
Sarah Jarosz Austin City Limits setlist:
Build Me Up From Bones
The Book of Right On
Over the Edge
The Milk Carton kids began their set, crowded around one microphone, with "Hope of a Lifetime," the first tune on last year's The Ash & Clay. The country-tinged "Snake Eyes" followed with a bittersweet melody and a waltzing rhythm, before leading into the third song with witty banter about the applause. "I don't know how many of you have jobs like that," says Joey Ryan, "but I recommend getting a job where people clap for you every three and a half minutes." The pickin' sped up for "Honey, Honey" and their harmonies lilted out over the cheers of the audience. The next song, Joey says, is about Kenneth Pattengale's unborn daughter, who may or may not exist. They play "Charlie" sincerely and sweetly anyway, and follow it up with the wistful "Michigan." They close the set with the upbeat "Girls, Gather 'Round" from their debut album. Their set is marked by charming humor, pitch-perfect harmonies, and very impressive guitar playing. Check the full episode above.
The Milk Carton Kids Austin City Limits setlist:
Hope of a Lifetime
Girls, Gather 'Round