Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan shelved their solo careers in favour of a collaborative project focusing on harmonized vocals, entwined acoustic guitars and rootsy songwriting. With a rare sense of mutual harmony, neo-traditional duo Ryan and Pattengale’s angelic voices knit together perfectly as they mesmerize with their retro-inspired folk tunes. They look like they’re from another era, with fitted suits and 1950s Gibson and Martin guitars, but the real nostalgia comes from the purity of their voices, the precision of their guitar picking, and the earnestness of their wide-eyed songs. The band’s most recent release, Prologue, is a 10-year anniversary box set of three LPs featuring early demos, snippets of rehearsals and, of course, plenty of live recordings to capture TMCK’s unique on-stage chemistry. Their comedic timing is second only to their harmonic bond — while they may be most often likened to The Everly Brothers when they’re singing, The Smothers Brothers are a more apt comparison when it comes to their banter. Expect to laugh when you’re not too busy weeping over the beauty of this brilliant musical partnership.
Biography by Elizabeth Chorney Booth