Joy Kills Sorrow Appears on Prairie Home Companion Today

Wide Awake, the highly anticipated new music from praised Boston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow, is available now via Signature Sounds Recordings. The 7-song EP follows the ensemble's sophomore release This Unknown Science (2011) which was lauded by Boston Globe as "on the cutting edge of acoustic," while Acoustic Guitardescribes the band as "accomplished virtuosos, and it shows in every note."

To support the release, Joy Kills Sorrow will continue to tour throughout the summer and they are now set to perform on Prairie Home Companion today, June 29: See below for tour routing details.

Joy Kills Sorrows is comprised of founding member Matthew Arcara (guitar), Emma Beaton (lead vocals), Wesley Corbett (banjo, vocals), Zoe Guigueno (bass, vocals), and Jacob Jollif (mandolin). Formed under the banner "a modern American string band," the group first emerged out of Boston's thriving folk music scene in 2005, releasing their self-titled debut album in 2007. Having collectively won various musicianship, songwriting and vocal awards, the band is an eclectic mix of musicians who have classical and/or jazz conservatory training. NPR Music hails, "with a foot firmly planted in its bluegrass roots...Joy Kills Sorrow's influences from the worlds of jazz, pop, swing and rock are clearly felt in its polished arrangements."

Wide Awake was co-produced by Joy Kills Sorrow and producer Dan Cardinal. Of the new EP, Arcara notes that it "represents new, fuller, thicker sound for Joy Kills Sorrow-we tried to capture the power of the band at full throttle. It's a sound we have been after for a while..." and Beaton continues the music is "still deeply infused with our traditional roots, but takes one step further into the indie rock realm." See full track listing on below.
Track Listing:

1. Was It You
2. Get Along
3. Such Great Heights
4. Gold in the Deep
5. Working for the Devil
6. Jake
7. Enlistee

Joy Kills Sorrow Tour Dates:

June 5 /// Bellingham, WA /// Green Frog Café Acoustic Tavern
June 6 /// Portland, OR /// Alberta Rose Theatre
June 7 /// Seattle, WA /// Fremont Abbey
June 9 /// Vancouver, Canada /// St. James Hall
June 10 /// Qualicum Beach, Canada /// Oceanside Community Church
June 15 /// Loveland, CO /// KUNC's Tuna Fish & Peanut Butter
June 16 /// Palisada, CO /// Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival
July 3 /// New York, NY /// Madison Square Music
July 6 /// Portsmouth, NH /// Prescott Park Arts Festival
July 7 /// Cambridge, MA /// Club Passim
July 28 /// White Sulphur Springs, MT /// Red Ants Pants Music Festival
August 10 /// Huntington, VT /// Valley Stage Music Festival
August 16-18 /// Owen Sound, Canada /// Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival
September 8 /// Richmond, VA /// Modlin Center for the Arts
November 8 /// Athens, TN /// The Arts Center

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