The Civil Wars announce new disc for summer

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – Reports of the demise of The Civil Wars are greatly exaggerated.

The duo - Joy Williams and John Paul White - said on their web site today that new music was coming this summer. The duo, who have been well-received for their country, rootsy sounds, are slated to put out a self-titled disc on Sensibility/Columbia.

"Patience is a virtue. Yours has been appreciated. Here's to the hope you consider it rewarded," White said in his post.

"If you are reading this, I want to thank you for taking the time," Williams wrote. "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 find 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..."

The duo took time off for Williams to have a baby last fall (the duo are not married. White lives in Alabama and has a family of his own), but then reports surfaced that The Civil Wars were on hiatus and possibly breaking up. That partially stemmed from the cancellation of several tour dates.

The Civil Wars won a Grammy for their last disc, "Barton Hollow." They also contributed to the soundtrack for "A Place at the Table" with T Bone Burnett.

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CD reviews for The Civil Wars

Between the Bars
Music keeps flowing from The Civil Wars, and this four-song EP of covers is not filler. In fact, all four songs - Sour Times, Between the Bars, Billie Jean and Talking in Your Sleep - could easily have wound up on a full-scale release by Joy Lynn Williams and John Paul White. Including Billie Jean should come as no shock to anyone who has seen them live because this was a staple in their live gigs (although probably a surprise if you hadn't seen them before). The Michael Jackson song »»»
The Civil Wars CD review - The Civil Wars
One gets the distinct sense that there's a storm a brewing on the jacket of The Civil Wars major label debut. It appears that a huge plume of black smoke is all that remains. And that depiction may be most accurate in a number of ways for The Civil Wars, the duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White. First and perhaps foremost is that Williams and White seem to be at professional odds. As for the material contained here, for the most part, it's about relationships that either have or »»»
Barton Hollow CD review - Barton Hollow
Upon first listen, The Civil Wars comes off like a more Southern version of She & Him. While She & Him draws upon classic pop elements, The Civil Wars is much more country and folk focused. Charlie Peacock produced "Barton Hollow," giving it a simple, sparse acoustic sound; one that is very different from the man's usual solo music or other productions (early Switchfoot albums, which are all comprised of sharp electric guitar rock, and his own solo work veers closer to blue eyed soul). »»»