The Milk Carton Kids
Sunday JULY 28, 2019



Waltzing into disaster and its aftermath, The Milk Carton Kids' "All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do" arrives from ANTI- Records on June 29.

The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into the studio with them. "We wanted to do something new," Pattengale says. "We had been going around the country yet another time to do the duo show, going to the places we'd been before. There arose some sort of need for change."

"Musically we knew we were going to make the record with a bigger sonic palette," says Ryan. "It was liberating to know we wouldn’t have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars."

Since their last studio album, "Monterey" (ANTI- 2015), life has changed dramatically for The Milk Carton Kids. Pattengale has moved to, and is now producing records in Nashville. Ryan is now the father of two children and works as a producer on "Live from Here with Chris Thile," the reboot of "A Prairie Home Companion." A break from years of nonstop touring, Ryan says, has yielded "space outside of the band that gives us perspective on what the band is."

But it's not just the addition of the band here that creates something new. National politics left Ryan feeling disoriented and mournful. Pattengale’s relationship of seven years ended, and he found himself unexpectedly needing surgery for cancer. (He is cancer-free now, and accidentally broke his cigarette habit in the process.)



Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on Joey and Kenneth’s behalf to Stax Music Academy. The funds will be used to provide high quality after school music programming to deserving students from Memphis and the mid south. Donations allow the purchase and repair of instruments as well as allowing us to highlight the students during four major public performances each year. 

Quote from The Milk Carton Kids

Nothing’s more important than making sure that our children are given the ability to achieve their greatest potential.  The folks at the Stax Music Academy exhibit that commitment through their love of Memphis’ one-of-a-kind musical tradition.  We’re thrilled to be able cast our vote for a community that we admire, that we love and to which we all owe so very much.

Quote from Richard Greenwald, President & CEO

The Soulsville Foundation ensures the legacy of the legendary Stax Records is celebrated and preserved. We depend on the generosity of our friends and soul music fans all over the world to continue that legacy through the students at the Stax Music Academy. Nowhere else in the world will you find a place where music is doing more to change the lives of young people. We are especially grateful to the Milk Carton Kids and to the Newport Festivals Foundation for helping us continue this invaluable work. Thank you from the bottom of our SOUL!