Bridget Kearney exits Joy Kills Sorrow

Joy Kills Sorrow, Boston’s fast-rising alt-bluegrass outfit, has announced the impending exit of bassist Bridget Kearney, who is departing to concentrate on working with her own group, Lake Street Dive.

Kearney, who studied jazz bass at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, is also an award-winning songwriter, and her songs have formed the bulk of the material JKS has recorded on their two albums. Lake Street Dive is a indie pop group, where she is looking forward to plying her trade.

In a note to fans on Monday, Bridget shared a few thoughts about her departure.

“Hi everybody! I wanted to thank you all and Jake, Emma, Wes and Matt for the incredible times I’ve had with Joy Kills Sorrow over the past 6 years. I’ve learned so much from these musicians and had so many great times traveling the world with them and meeting so many cool frickin people. Their talents, hard work, and enthusiasm for life has been an inspiration to me and will continue to be.

I know that the band, and the people in the band are still at the beginning of the great things they will do, so FEAR NOT: the sorrow killing will continue! I can’t wait to watch it all happen and hope to continue to be a part of things through song-writing collaborations and co-bills and whatever else we can manage to do together.

I love this band and I’m so proud of the work that we’ve done together and grateful to have been a part of it. Thank you!”

Word about a new bass player is expected soon from Joy Kills Sorrow.

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