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Nashville, United States (2009 – 2012)

The Civil Wars are an American musical duo composed of singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White. After releasing a live-performance album and a four-song EP, their full-length album Barton Hollow was released in 2011. The band won the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album in 2012.

Williams and White met in 2008, during a song-writing session or “writing camp” at a music studio in Nashville, Tennessee. According to Williams, the idea for the band’s name came as she “was driving around town looking at all the Civil War monuments. ” Their first recording was of a 2009 performance at Eddie’s Attic in Georgia which they released as a free Internet download called Live at Eddie’s Attic. Later that year, they released a digital extended-play album, called Poison & Wine, produced by Charlie Peacock, and the title song appeared on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2011, The Civil Wars released the album Barton Hollow; which reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, No. 54 on the UK Albums Chart and received Grammy nominations in the Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories. The album was included on several critics’ Best Albums of 2011 lists, including NPR Music, Paste, Time, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today. They released the singles “Tracks in the Snow” and “Safe & Sound”.


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  • kelseymillz

    If you're in the mood for new music, definitely check out First Aid Kit... Like The Civil Wars with just a LITTLE country spice... in SUCH a good way!! My Silver Lining is a JAM

    13 Apr 11:12pm Reply
  • umaraphaela

    Vote up.

    30 Mar 1:50pm Reply
  • Vesperalight

    Check out Caffrey for some gorgeous new folk music

    23 Mar 3:56pm Reply
  • mohammadaqudah

    The Civil Wars (album) = Bare Bones (EP) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>. Between the Bars.

    19 Feb 6:35pm Reply
  • JustAKayee

    this latest album is a damn weedplate [2]

    15 Feb 2:31pm Reply
  • Pachirisue

    It is easy to fall in love with The civil wars ♥

    16 Jan 8:08pm Reply
  • R-Mac

    this latest album is a damn weedplate. i've never liked them before so I wasn't expecting much, but to each his own. another throwaway "alternative" artist like the lumineers and mumford who, don't get me wrong, are not bad bands......... they are not bad bands when you stack them up to other RADIO bands I mean, but let them swim in the same pool as fleet foxes and andrew bird and sufjan stevens and watch them get ran through with the quickness.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
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  • CovinS2

    The new EP is great.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ann5852

    they are great! I don't understand why they have so few listeners

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Poseidon417

    Just discovered them based on a Spotify recommendation of the album. I LOVE the recent album. Perfect mix of blues, folk and country. Not a fan of their first album though.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • leguerrier

    I just discovered their music! A few days ago I bought their new self-titled album on a whim and I loved it instantly! Refreshing music :)

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • aquilm

    Bare Bones EP on iTunes now <3<3 They're not broken up, but they're not talking to each other either?? It's all a little confusing and shit, they need to make another album.

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Punk-Fiction

    Eh, a breakup sounds better than the last album.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    'To Whom It May Concern' ♥

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • wheresmyturtles

    Guys, they're back together. They released a new album?

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • stilldirrtyja

    you guys, they went on hiatus in 2012, but clearly have come back together if they released an album in 2013.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • demibeans

    Awwwwww seriously? They broke up? NOOOOOO. Man, I'm so late. I'll miss the beautiful music they made together ;~;

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gabileu

    Same Old Same Old ♥

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Ruminator

    I'm sorry to hear of their break-up. Their songwriting and performance skills are unique and beautiful. What great work and what a sad demise. I'm going to enjoy their music for a long time.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
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