Joey Ryan had just graduated from Berkeley and was poised to attend graduate school to study neuroscience when he abruptly announced to his family that he wanted to pursue a career in music instead.
Unwavering in his vision for his future, Joey explains: "I realized that the truths I was interested in discovering through science were actually more accessible through music."
Born and raised in Los Angeles to a teacher and a psychologist, Ryan experienced a unique perspective on life at an early age when his father nearly lost his life to cancer, resulting in a uniquely intellectual yet emotional viewpoint on life, love, and human nature in his songwriting.
JOEY RYAN
DISCOGRAPHY
2011
PROLOGUE
 
RETROSPECT
 
2010
KENTER CANYON (EP)
 
 
 
PERMANENT ACOUSTIC (SINGLE)
AMAZON EXCLUSIVE
 
 
2009
AS IT MUST BE (EP)
 
 
2008
WITH ITS ROOTS ABOVE AND ITS BRANCHES BELOW (ALBUM)
 
 
2007
2005
GOOD ENOUGH (ALBUM)
 
 
 
ALBUM
'PROLOGUE'
 
A NEW ALBUM FROM
THE MILK CARTON KIDS
 
 
 
 
 
Milk Carton Records is proud to announce the July 19, 2011 release of PROLOGUE, the first studio record from The Milk Carton Kids.
 
Produced by The Milk Carton Kids and Eric Robinson, PROLOGUE contains nine new songs recorded live and mixed over 4 days at Marlay Studios in North Hollywood. PROLOGUE also includes an expansive and insightful foreword penned by Joe Henry. Read the foreword below.
 
PROLOGUE will be made available free for download from www.themilkcartonkids.com.
 
A limited run of PROLOGUE will be printed on CD and LP for purchase. Physical copies will be available for purchase at live shows and during a presale period only on the band's website.
 
Starting in Phoenix, AZ on August 10, 2011 The Milk Carton Kids will begin a tour of 46 shows across the United States & Canada in support of PROLOGUE. The first leg of dates (west coast) will be announced on July 6th.
 
 
Foreword by Joe Henry
 
KEEP YOUR HANDS WHERE I CAN SEE THEM
 
Many years ago, in a moment of professional crisis, I took up for a spell with The Jayhawks, an earnest band from Minnesota with whom I shared a tour, a dog-eared sensibility, and the lack of sufficient patronage that might've kept us from sleeping triple in the double beds of hard-lit motel rooms scattered throughout the land of the Great Lakes. Before meeting them, I had been given their most recent album by way of introduction; and I will confess here that upon first listen I became so seduced by the singular character that emerged from the songs, that I failed to register that there were actually two very different singers giving rise to him. Honest: I heard it all as if coming from one central figure who had a voice all his own, and that neither lead singer in the band could wholly claim or account for.
 
I was embarrassed when this mishearing was initially pointed out to me; but had I been on the other end of that inadvertent deception I would have thrilled to it: the notion that a nameless Other might have been rendered so persuasively in song that the artists themselves disappeared fully into its arc and service.
 
So now has proved the case with Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, The Milk Carton Kids: I listen and, try as I might, forget to hear them as distinct collaborators in song and story. Instead, they move to become a single, shadowy persona within the frame of Prologue —like young twins cast to tag-team one demanding role in a terse-but-tender film by Elia Kazan, haunted and hounded across a lonely landscape in search of the love that might provide their collective character a fleeting taste of both redemption and self-recognition.
 
And it isn't only their singing voices that build this hall of mirrors for me: their songwriting and string work wind around each other like coarse briar at the base of a flag pole, confusing the mind as to how exactly it is fixed to the ground, while clearly keeping its banner raised high above the thorns, streaming if frayed. It is a flag that flies on behalf of no clear territory, though, as much as it waves to commemorate some missed opportunity; as if a particular time itself had been the fool's destination, fading immediately upon arrival...leaving sand in the shoe, love in the rearview, and a hand bereft of the hammer that had almost forged something (God save us) permanent.
 
Their individual aspirations aside —Joey's or Kenneth's— I should say I don't wish for it to be different, don't wish for my confusions between them to be abated. I prefer disorientation when it comes to music. I live to be deceived, and would far rather be seduced than have anything explained.
 
As for this unnamed fella, then, who weaves hurt-but-hopeful through these songs...he's got something he needs to tell me, I think. And only because he speaks to me from the moving shadows, his face half hidden, will I truly be able to recognize his story as my own.
 
 
Joe Henry
24 June, 2011
 
 
 
THE MILK CARTON KIDS
PROLOGUE
 
track list
Michigan
Undress The World
Milk Carton Kid
One Goodbye
No Hammer To Hold
There By Your Side
New York
Stealing Romance
I Still Want A Little More
 
produced by
The Milk Carton Kids & Eric Robinson
 
mastered by Gavin Lurssen
for Lurssen Mastering
 
 
©2011 Milk Carton Records
ALBUM
RETROSPECT
 
A LIVE ALBUM FROM
KENNETH PATTENGALE & JOEY RYAN
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Recorded live at Zoey's in Ventura, CA
 
track list
Permanent
Laredo
Broken Headlights
Charlie
Maybe It's Time
Trouble In These Parts
Girls, Gather 'Round
As It Must Be
Memoirs of an Owned Dog
Queen Jane
Rock & Roll 'Er
Lake Skaneateles
California
Like A Cloak
 
produced by
The Milk Carton Kids
 
mixed by Al Sgro
 
mastered by Reuben Cohen
for Lurssen Mastering
 
live sound engineer: Brett DeBone
 
photography by Megan Baker
 
 
©2011 Milk Carton Records
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Kenter Canyon
(EP + Bonus Tracks)
As It Must Be
(EP)
 
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VIDEO
LIVE ALBUM
COMING SOON!
Joey Ryan & Kenneth Pattengale provide a sneak peak from their forthcoming live record.
 
VIDEO
Joey Ryan contributes an original song to international probiotic company Yakult's first national US television commercial campaign "True Love."
 
NEW RELEASE
JOEY RYAN PERMANENT
 
AMAZON EXCLUSIVE
ACOUSTIC VERSION FEAT. KENNETH PATTENGALE
 
 
Permanent (4:43)
PURCHASE ON
Recorded live in studio at Four Six Productions
Eagle Rock, CA
 
Joey Ryan - Guitar & Vocals
 
Kenneth Pattengale - Guitar & Vocals
 
Photograph by Megan Baker
VIDEO
Joey Ryan called upon director/photographer Brendan Pattengale to create a music video for the single Broken Headlights from Kenter Canyon.
 
NEW RELEASE
JOEY RYAN KENTER CANYON
 
Joey Ryan's "Kenter Canyon" was produced by Tony Berg (Jesca Hoop, Aimee Mann) and features performances by Sara Bareilles, David Rawlings, Z Berg, Matt Chamberlain, David Mansfield and Patrick Warren. With harmonies by Bareilles, the opening track “Broken Headlights” pays tribute to the shockingly clear Los Angeles air after it rains, gracefully likening it to the confessions of a long-hidden love. The disc sets a new standard among the already rich and bountiful catalog of the young performer.
 
 
Broken Headlights (w/ Sara Bareilles) (3:19)
Walls Come Down (3:50)
Queen Jane (w/ Dave Rawlings) (3:30)
Tipperary (3:48)
Permanent (w/ Z Berg) (4:26)
 
produced by Tony Berg
 
Recorded and Mixed by Shawn Everett
at Zeitgeist Studio, Los Angeles, CA