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From the growing Boston music scene that produced Crooked Still comes another group with their own unique take on string band music, Joy Kills Sorrow with their debut national release. Fronted by the soulful soprano voice of Emma Beaton, the group produces an atmospheric sound that utilizes the award-winning guitar playing of Matthew Arcara, the mandolin virtuosity of Jacob Jolliff (Berklee's first full-scholarship mandolin student), the mood-setting banjo of Wesley Corbett and the bass playing of Bridget Kearney to set the precise mood for each song.

In addition to providing the band's bottom end, Kearney, the winner of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting contest, wrote 5 of the 11 songs, including highlights Kill My Sorrow, All The Buildings and the beautifully haunting Thinking Of You, And Such. Beaton contributes two tracks of her own, including the playful You Make Me Feel Drunk.

The music of Joy Kills Sorrow is, as they bill themselves, "modern American string band," which, as evidenced by this fine debut, encompasses the traditional string band sounds and instrumentation mixed liberally with an indie rock sensibility that informs their modern lyrics and lush sound.

As good as it should have been!

Saw them live in Humboldt County and they rocked the house- I've been waiting for this album since August and it's been worth the wait. Every bit as great as it needed to be; best of luck to you guys.

Love this band

Saw them live in Northampton a few weeks back with the Wailin Jenny's and have to say that Joy Kills Sorrow stole the show. They were great and her voice is absolutely unbelievable live. I took my 9 year old son with me and he loved it. All he kept saying was how incredibly fast and off the charts the guy playing the mandolin was. Individually, everyone in the band were stellar musicians.

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