Description of the Civil Wars' Music:
The Civil Wars Lineup:
John Paul White - guitar, vocals
Recommended CDs by the Civil Wars:
Poison & Wine EP (Sensibility Music, 2009) purchase/download
Purchase/Download Civil Wars MP3s:
"Tip of My Tongue" (from Poison & Wine EP)
"Dance Me to the End of Love" (from Barton Hollow)
The Civil Wars Biography:
In March of the following year, they made their performing debut in Nashville at the French Quarter Cafe, where they were spotted by producer Charlie Peacock (known mostly for his work producing Christian artists). Peacock invited them to his Art House studio and began recording and working with them there. Their second performance - at Eddie's Attick in Decatur, Georgia - was recorded and released as a live EP.
Though that EP was rather well-received, the Civil Wars probably got an even bigger break when the blockbuster TV show Grey's Anatomy featured their song "Poison & Wine" (purchase/download) in its entirety in late 2009. The week after the show aired, the duo released an EP titled for their new hit song. The following year, Paste Magazine named them "Best of What's Next," just before the duo released their first full-length album Barton Hollow. Another landmark moment was when Taylor Swift tweeted from a Civil Wars concert, recommending her followers check them out. Suddenly the Civil Wars were under the spotlight of major media and mainstream fanbases.
Barton Hollow has earned the band a number of accolades and accomplishments, including a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno an Americana Music Award nomination for Duo/Group of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year, two Grammy nominations (Best Folk Album for Barton Hollow; Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the song "Barton Hollow"), a nomination for a CMT Award (for Duo Video of the Year)and an opening slot on the road with pop superstar Adele.
In addition to their tour with Adele, the Civil Wars have shared bills with Emmylou Harris and been featured at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival, the Country Music Awards (where they were nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year), and received the ASCAP Vanguard Award. They teamed up with Taylor Swift and T Bone Burnett to write a song titled "Safe and Sound," to be featured in the film version of the popular book series, The Hunger Games. According to Wikipedia, the Civil Wars have sold more than 200,000 copies of Barton Hollow and even more digital downloads of their Poison & Wine EP. The former has made a number of year-end Best of 2011 lists, and top honors from USA Today and others.
In late 2012, the duo announced it would cancel the remaining dates on their fall and winter tour, citing internal differences. They had already recorded a follow-up to Barton Hollow, however, and that disc - reportedly self-titled - is due in Aug. 2013. General consensus in the folk/Americana industry, however, continues to be confused about whether or not the band has broken up.