Review Corner: The Civil Wars album debuts at #1 on the Billboard charts!


Congratulations to John Paul White and Joy Williams!

The Civil Wars self-titled album was already predicted to make it to the top of the Billboard charts this week. It has met its goal with 116,000 units sold. The album dropped on Tuesday August 6, under the 1504 Pictures production company and major label partner Columbia Pictures.

Charlie Peacock was in charge of the production. The known Nashville producer was also responsible for Joy and JP’s first studio album, Barton Hollow.

“The One That Got Away” is the opening salvo. In the Wars’ usual word play, the lyrics are actually about rejecting a love and wishing it had remained unattainable. “I Had Me A Girl” breaks JP and Joy’s usual acoustic sound with an electric guitar, but it’s full of raw overtones. Joy herself has described it brings up the image of “a glass of whiskey and a lit cigarette”

Personal favorites for me are “Dust To Dust”, “Eavesdrop” and my current favorite – the majestic “Devil’s Backbone”. That last one just gives me chills. You might recognize “From This Valley” which was sang at the Opry.

You should pick up The Civil Wars. Available on iTunes now.

(Photo: Allister Ann)
(Photo: Allister Ann)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 15: The Red Tour at Valley View Casino Center (formerly San Diego Sports Arena) in San Diego, California. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • August 19 and 20: The Red Tour at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • August 23 and 24: The Red Tour at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.

(Sources: Billboard)