No Civil Wars in this harmony

23/05/2012.

During the 2012 Grammy Awards a duo called The Civil Wars caught my attention when they performed and won 2 Grammy’s for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. For some obscure reason I didn’t get to listen to their debut album, Barton Hollow, until two weeks ago. Maybe the reason was that I thought it might be a bit on the folky side, or that all the tracks would sound same-ish due to them using so few instruments. How wrong I was.

It took me only one listen to recognise that The Civil Wars are extremely talented. Delving deeper I found that John Paul White and Joy Williams met in Nashville (where else??!) in 2008 during a songwriting session. According to them the chemistry was instant and this is abundantly clear if you listen to how their vocals flawlessly harmonise on the album as well as during live performances.

It’s hard to label them within a specific genre (seeing as there are a million to choose from), but to prove my point – Barton Hollow went to No.1 on the US Indie and Folk charts and to No.2 on the US Rock chart!

If  you haven’t checked them out,  don’t delay any longer.  Here’s a little taster of them performing Poison & Wine (my favourite track off the album) on David Letterman.


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  • Linda

    I love the album too.