The Olympia Theatre, Dublin: 28th May, 2019.
Plus very special guest, Rosie Carney
Tickets from €29 Incl. booking fee
Americana Duo to Tour in Support of Grammy Award Nominated Album
'All the Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do'
The Milk Carton Kids return to Ireland after their 2018 release of their Grammy®-nominated album "All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do”. The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into the studio with them. On this short tour, songs new and old will be played by the duo without accompaniment.
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 Creative Director on "Live from Here with Chris Thile," the reboot of "A Prairie Home Companion." A break from years of non-stop 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.)
Though they didn't approach the new album conceptually, a theme of shattered realities began to emerge out of the songs that sparked to life. Recent events provided a bruising background for the record, yet the project is somehow bigger than any personal grief. Two-part harmonies ride acoustic guitars high above the haunting landscape created by the presence of the band, as if Americana went searching for a lost America.
"There are only so many things you can do alone in life that allow you to transcend your sense of self for even a short period," Pattengale says. "I'm the lucky recipient of a life in which for hundreds of times, day after day, I get to spend an hour that is like speaking a language only two people know and doing it in a space with others who want to hear it.”
Critical Praise for ‘All The Things..’
" quietly audacious work, careful but not cautious, an expansive blend of woozy country, skewed folk and cracked torch songs. Simply gorgeous." - Uncut, UK
"Tastefully arranged, high-spec country-folk introspection."- Mojo, UK
"Their best album, ever" – Rolling Stone, DE
"Songs cannot sound better than this: melodic vocals in classic setting and the magic of The Milk Carton Kids"-Westzeit, DE
"a beautiful album with dreamy, bittersweet songs. One that needs to be embraced by every Americana fan”. - Blues Magazine, NL