New Release: The Milk Carton Kids – Younger Years

The Milk Carton Kids have unveiled the latest track from their upcoming fourth studio album, ALL THE THINGS THAT I DID AND ALL THE THINGS THAT I DIDN’T DO. Western influences on Younger Years gallop over a snaking clarinet and under vocals looking for something to salvage from sorrow (“Love inside our hearts / is the only kind of savior we’ve been sent”)

Take a listen below…

The Milk Carton Kids underwent a number of dramatic changes in the time since their last recorded outing, 2015’s Monterey. Ryan is now the father of two children and works as a producer on ‘Live From Here’ with Chris Thile. National politics have left him feeling disoriented and mournful. Pattengale’s relationship of 7 years ended, he is now producing records in Nashville, and he survived cancer – breaking a long cigarette habit in the process. Perhaps, as a result, ALL THE THINGS THAT I DID AND ALL THE THINGS THAT I DIDN’T DO is the band’s most profoundly personal thus far, the evocative full band sound providing a mournful, disorienting foil for lyrical themes of mortality, loss, heartbreak and national decline

“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 didn’t have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars.”

The new LP was recorded last October in the Sun Room at House of Blues Studio in Nashville, TN with producer Joe Henry and engineer Ryan Freeland (Ray Lamontagne, Bonnie Raitt). The Milk Carton Kids once again opted to push the envelope of their distinctive sound, this time crafting their first-ever LP to feature backing by other musicians. ALL THE THINGS THAT I DID AND ALL THE THINGS THAT I DIDN’T DO sees Ryan and Pattengale joined in the studio by a truly stellar lineup of top session players, including Russ Pahl (Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton) on pedal steel and other guitars, bassists Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) and Dennis Crouch (Gregg Allman, Johnny Cash), Wilco’s Pat Sansone on piano, mellotron, and Hammond organ, drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Elton John, Willie Nelson), cellist Nathaniel Smith (Sarah Jarosz, Abigail Washburn), Levon Henry (Blake Mills, Nico Muhly) on clarinet and saxophone, Live From Here with Chris Thile favorite Brittany Haas on fiddle and mandolin as well as Lindsay Lou and Logan Ledger lending additional vocals

The Milk Carton Kids have proven in-demand collaborators, including musical partnerships with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Shovels & Rope, Chely Wright, Joe Henry, Dar Williams, and the great Chris Hillman, as well as teaming with T-Bone Burnett & Joel and Ethan Coen for the acclaimed concert documentary, ‘Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis’. In 2016, the band joined forces with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and Robert Plant for the sold out Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour