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Joy Kills Sorrow

Joy Kills Sorrow plays Deli Rootsy Stage at Rockwood on 10.16

We all love our rugged rough and rowdy folk, but sometimes you just need some more elegant precise folk music. That’s what Joy Kills Sorrow excel at. Steeped in the Boston bluegrass scene of the past 5 years, these pickers are tight. It’s refreshing to see such a young band playing such challenging music and sticking true to their bluegrass roots with original songs. Emma Beaton’s vocals are simple dead center on the pitch - the perfect bluegrass voice. Check them out tomorrow at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1 within The Deli's Rootsy CMJ Show. Full schedule for that night here. - Paul Jordan Talbot


Joy Kills Sorrow releases 'Wide Awake' EP + tours extensively

Boston/Portland (ME)/Brooklyn based quintet Joy Kills Sorrow is that go to band every blogger speaks highly of, but they have yet to make the kind of splash they deserve. That may change with the pending release of new EP 'Wide Awake,' to be followed by a lengthy coast to coast tour. The five piece bluegrass/folk group has always found ways to extend themselves. Be it virtuoso string playing, huge lead vocals (Emma Beaton) or their penchant for re-configuring their classical backgrounds to carve out new worlds for pop jams (check out their fantastic cover of 'Such Great Heights,' streaming below), the band always comes across sounding new while staying firmly rooted in a classic American roots tradition. They're setting off across the country this summer, but be sure to catch them live when they come around later this year.

Weekly Feature: Joy Kills Sorrow readies new album, plays Rockwood on 03.24

With their albums "Darkness Sure Becomes This City" and its 2011 follow-up "The Unknown Science," Joy Kills Sorrow has taken their captivating live performance to NPR's "Mountain Stage" series, in addition to folk festivals and bluegrass competitions throughout the world. The band, whose name comes from the call letters, WJKS, of the Monroe brothers radio station in the 1930s, just finished tracking for a new album, in between shows on the East Coast. See them live at Rockwood's Stage 2 on March 24. - Read Davon Antonetti's interview with the band here


Blissful roots music: Joy Kills Sorrow at Rock Shop on 12.05

Bluegrass folk revivalists Joy Kills Sorrow celebrate stripped down acoustic melodies and rich, earthy vocals, while adding an original freshness to their sound. The Boston and Brooklyn-based five piece formed in 2005, finding their sound in the Boston area and soon releasing their self-titled debut. Their current line-up solidified in 2009: singer Emma Beaton’s mellow country noir voice is the absolute star here, but the banjo and mandolin set the overall tone with their rustic quality. The band’s most recent album, “This Unknown Science,” was released in 2011, showcasing a finely tuned melodic bluegrass with somewhat reminiscent of female-led Punch Brothers. Joy Kills Sorrow will be touring the Northeast this fall, including a December 5 appearance at The Rock Shop in NYC and a few show in New England - see here for the full schedule. - Devon Antonetti


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