Back in December 2009, Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY’s Nashville correspondent sent Taylor Swift a playlist of songs for her to hear. In that list was a track called Poison and Wine by an independent folk-americana duo known as The Civil Wars.
That’s how I first heard about them. The three-time Grammy-winning duo of John Paul White and Joy Williams have come a long way since then. Their grammy-winning album Barton Hollow remains one of my favorite works of music of all time.
I met before I ever saw them sing live. They were at the CMA Fest back in June, 2011. I manage to get a meet and greet and talk them for just a few seconds. It would be later in the year as they would appear for a concert in Montreal, that I would get to listen them sing live. They sing a lot better than any recording device could capture. They were the real deal. Two voices and a guitar.
But back in November 2012, The Civil Wars cancelled all their remaining tour dates citing discord and differences. Since then there’s not much they’ve said. Until now.
I can’t help but noticing the entire mystique that has formed from this dis-union. The album cover itself is a column of black smoke, like the one you see after a great fire or a huge battle. So fitting it is, that is needs not much else. The estranged duo is getting together, but they might also be keeping themselves apart. Industry sources told Billboard that the album was looking to get picked up earlier this year but without a tour and with only a select number of appearances in which both JP and Joy would actually perform. I’m hoping this has changed since then… or is somewhat more of an amicable situation, but we’ll have to see how it turns out.
Both members have left notes on The Civil Wars‘ website.
Patience is a virtue. Yours has been appreciated. Here’s to the hope you consider it rewarded.
– John Paul White
If you are reading this, I want to thank you for taking the time. I’m grateful for your patient support. I am very glad to say that new music is coming, and I am fiercely proud of this album. A lot of soul, sweat and tears went into its creation. I hope you feel the heart in each song, that it might connect with yours. We are, each one of us, all journeying, learning and growing along this ever-evolving path.
Hope this note finds you well wherever you are…
– Joy Williams
Coming up on the Calendar!
- May 2: Daniel Sadownick‘s Birthday.
- May 4: The Red Tour at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
- May 7: The Red Tour at KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
- May 8: The Red Tour at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.