Grammy-Nominated Acoustic Duo's First Ever LP with Backing Band; Produced by Joe Henry and Engineered by Ryan Freeland
2LP Pressing with D-Side Etching
The Milk Carton Kids underwent a number of dramatic changes in the time since their last recorded outing, 2015's acclaimed Monterey. Joey 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. Kenneth Pattengale's relationship of seven 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," adds Ryan. "It was liberating to know we didn't have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars." Having spent much the last decade affirming themselves as among contemporary folk and Americana's finest songwriters, musicians, and live performers, The Milk Carton Kids ascend to even greater heights here. The band's most expansive and experimentally minded collection to date, the LP was recorded in October 2017 in the Sun Room at House of Blues Studio in Nashville, TN with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry (Solomon Burke, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Grammy-winning 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.