The Milk Carton Kids debut new track "Star Shine;" new record "I Only See The Moon" out May 19

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Friday, March 31, 2023

Grammy nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids are debuting the new track “Star Shine” off their forthcoming record I Only See The Moon, due May 19 via Far Cry Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers. Stream/share the song HERE and pre-order/pre-save the album HERE.

Band members Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan explain, “‘Star Shine’ lives in the ambiguous space between nostalgia and regret, where it sometimes feels like they’re the same thing.”

The group recently debuted the album tracks “All Of The Time In The World To Kill,” “When You’re Gone” and “Running on Sweet Smile,” their first new music since their acclaimed 2019 album The Only Ones.“

Both of us have now lived enough life to understand that maybe one of the purposes we were put on Earth for is to sing together, to write songs together, to make music together,” notes Pattengale. “It has truly provided a direction for our lives.” Ryan adds, “It’s like a successful marriage in that there’s always been enough there between us collaboratively in the way that we work together, sing together, play together. It’s a very special thing. And I don’t think we ever took that for granted.”

Founded in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids swiftly emerged as a major force in the American folk tradition, blending ethereal harmonies and intricate musicianship with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary songcraft. 2013’s ANTI- debut The Ash & Clay proved their national breakthrough, earning The Milk Carton Kids their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. A second Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance followed in 2015 for the track “The City of Our Lady” from band’s acclaimed third studio album, Monterey, and 2018’s All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

The band’s most recent album, 2019’s The Only Ones (out now via Far Cry Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers), was the subject of extensive praise, with Rolling Stone proclaiming that “Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan get back to the beautiful basics with The Only Ones,” while NPR’s “World Café” noted that “even though Joey and Kenneth are not related, their voices together create a sibling-like harmony...the duo has a strong sense of respect and reverence for the musical traditions that they've grown from.”

1. All Of The Time In The World To Kill
2. Star Shine
3. When You’re Gone
4. Wheels And Levers
5. I Only See The Moon
6. Running On Sweet Smile
7. One True Love
8. Body & Soul
9. North Country Ride
10. Will You Remember Me