I first heard the Civil Wars sing Barton Hallow on Pandora about 3 years ago and I. Fell. In. Love. I now have all of their songs downloaded on iTunes, and more than that, three songs can be found in every playlist I create.
When I signed into Facebook today and saw Civil Wars as one of the trending topics, I had to check it out. It was one of the worst pieces of news you can find out about a favorite in the music industry. The duo, comprised of Joy Williams and John Paul White in 2011, had broken up. This was confirmed in an official statement on the Duo's website.
The Statement reads:
The Civil Wars—made up of duo partners Joy Williams and John Paul White—have regretfully decided to permanently part ways. The difficult decision ends a tumultuous period for the four-time Grammy Award-winning band, who has been on indefinite hiatus since late 2012. As a thank you gift and farewell, the band is offering a download of their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.” Recorded in 2010, the track was originally released in 2011 as a b-side to the band’s limited edition Barton Hollow 7” vinyl. This is the first time the song has been available digitally in the U.S. Both Joy and John Paul have added their personal words on disbanding here below. Joy Williams comments, “I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together. I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.” John Paul adds, “I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”
Together their voices created this perfect folk sound. With songs like Barton Hollow, Dust to Dust, The One that Got Away and Poison and Wine they quietly found their way into the song collections of many.
The Civil Wars also had two songs featured on the soundtrack for the popular movie The Hunger Games. Taylor Swift performs Safe and Sound featuring the Civil Wars. The distinct sound of the band is ever present and this is my favorite Taylor song to date. The soundtrack also included Kingdom Come.
I remember going to bed many nights wishing I had a voice like Joy Williams and a partner in crime like John Paul White to sing with me. All good fairy tales must come to an end. I guess the Civil Wars magical sound is no exception.
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