| Storied Places marks the first release off of Kenneth's own label, Four Six, released by Milan Records 1/27/09. The album showcases the diverse and distinct song writing of Kenneth - from the touching folk melody of Charlie to the down-and-dirty, quirky swamp blues of Freckles and Dig This Hole to the touching and haunting Memoirs of an Owned Dog.|
LA Weekly:"Drop the needle down and dig that crackle and pop. Er, how old is this guy, anyway? Young Kenneth Pattengale's ace new disc, Storied Places (Milan), like a lot of youthful musicians' material of late, spans a range of classic American styles, from rhythm & blues and C&W to nice folkie interludes to heartfelt pumping piano balladry. Pattengale's songs are done with a subtle but significant wink of the eye, as if to tacitly acknowledge the passage of time from these tunes' origins, and the resulting challenge in dealing with them in anything but ironic terms. Pattengale tosses the songs into a big grab bag of musical history, and delivers each with a wise eye, yet -- crucially -- a sincere, simple affection. And please enjoy augmenting Tin Pan Alley cats the Found Object Orchestra, on hand to enhance your trip down false-memory lane."Flavorpill:"Local indie fixture Kenneth Pattengale holds court tonight at El Cid, unveiling his newest record, Storied Places. The album is speckled with influences ranging from folk to R&B and lonesome country; woven together, Storied Places offers a set of narratives buoyed by Pattengale's rare lyrical grace. He's joined by the Found Object Orchestra, a vivacious cast of characters on pedal-steel guitar, banjo, accordion, and other musical tools.
"LAist:"...we insist that you spend the evening with local singer-songwriter Kenneth Pattengale and the Found Object Orchestra at El Cid. Mr. Pattengale recently released his six full-length effort and his first for Milan Records, Storied Places, exhibiting a jolt of folksy wisdom well beyond his years.
"Pasadena Weekly (3 stars out of 5):"Songwriter/film composer Pattengale is often evocative of avowed heroes Tom Waits and Randy Newman, thanks largely to some twisted vocal affects, his eclecticism, odd meter shifts and taste for unusual musical narratives like "Memoirs of an Owned Dog" ("I had dreams of walking the world on my own/ Four on the floor every night all alone"). All are on vivid display throughout this savory, 13-track stew blending elements of troubadour rock, early 20th-century jazz, quasi-blues, junkyard percussion and varied acoustic instruments."
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