Joy Kills Sorrow profiled in Charleston CityPaper

May 30, 2012

There is an important detail missing from the narrative of the Boston Tea Party. A few of those feathered Sons of Liberty must not have gotten the memo, and instead of chucking the British drink of choice into the Boston Harbor, they threw sugar instead. Because there must be something in the water in the Cradle of Liberty that turns budding musical pupils into thriving bluegrass performers. Or maybe its the lure of clam chowder and Dunkin Donuts.

"Especially in the last 10 years, there's been a real surge of young folk musicians moving to Boston," explains Bridget Kearney. She's the bassist for Joy Kills Sorrow, a quintet of bright young things playing modernized bluegrass and folk music whose foundation was laid in the city. "I couldn't put my finger on exactly when that started, but these days it's kind of the place to be in the United States if you're a young musician wanting to study folk music. There's people moving there from all over the country."