Barton Hollow

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For the single, see Barton Hollow (song).
Barton Hollow
Studio album by The Civil Wars
Released February 1, 2011 (2011-02-01)
Recorded The Art House, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Folk rock, alternative country, indie folk
Length 46:27
Label sensibility
Producer Charlie Peacock
The Civil Wars chronology
Poison & Wine
(2009)
Barton Hollow
(2011)
The Civil Wars
(2013)
Singles from Barton Hollow
  1. "Poison & Wine"
    Released: August 4, 2011 (2011-08-04)
  2. "Barton Hollow"
    Released: January 10, 2011 (2011-01-10)

Barton Hollow [1] is the first full-length studio album from The Civil Wars.

Produced by Charlie Peacock, it was released on February 1, 2011, and became the No. 1 downloaded album on iTunes that same week. It also charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Digital Albums chart, No. 10 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on the Billboard Folk Albums chart, and No. 2 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart, selling 25,000 copies in its first week.[2] As of August 2013, the album has sold 623,000 copies in the US.[3]

Barton Hollow was preceded by the lead single and title track, which was performed live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 14, 2011.[4] A track on this album, "Poison and Wine" was previously released as a single from their EP Poison & Wine in 2009.

On November 30, 2011, Barton Hollow was nominated for Grammys in the Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories, the latter for the title song. The album ended up winning both awards. Numerous publications noted that The Civil Wars were snubbed a Best New Artist nomination by The Grammys. At the ceremony The Civil Wars performed a portion of "Barton Hollow".[5][6][7]

The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]
MusicOMH 4/5 stars[10]

Barton Hollow was included on multiple Best Albums of 2011 lists, including NPR Music,[11] Paste Magazine,[12] American Songwriter,[13] Rough Trade,[14] Amazon.com,[15] Time,[16] iTunes,[17] The Huffington Post,[18] Associated Press,[19] The Tennesseean,[20] AllMusic.com[21] and more.

Andrew Leahey of AllMusic says that Williams and White "trace each other's melodies with close harmonies that never fail to lose their romance". He gives Barton Hollow four of five star and calls it "Good stuff".[9] Darren Lee of MusicOMH also gave four of five stars, saying "The album's songs of love, loss and longing are an immediate pleasure to listen to, displaying real restraint in a disc that it is pleasingly sparse and unembellished."[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Joy Williams and John Paul White, except where noted. The two bonus tracks are available with electronic versions of the album, but not on the CD. An extended version of Barton Hollow was released in Europe through Sony Music on March 1, 2012, which contained the 12 tracks included with the North American release, the 2 bonus tracks from the electronic version, plus 4 additional tracks.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "20 Years"     3:02
2. "I've Got This Friend"     3:24
3. "C'est la mort"     2:30
4. "To Whom It May Concern"     3:32
5. "Poison & Wine"   Williams, White, Chris Lindsey 3:40
6. "My Father's Father"     3:21
7. "Barton Hollow"     3:26
8. "The Violet Hour"     3:26
9. "Girl With the Red Balloon"     3:50
10. "Falling"     3:59
11. "Forget Me Not"     2:57
12. "Birds of a Feather"     3:06
Electronic version bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "I Want You Back"   3:15
14. "Dance Me to the End of Love"   3:05

Personnel[edit]

Listed in Allmusic.[22]

Joy Williams: vocals, piano, Hohner organ, bells
John Paul White: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, resonator guitar, banjo, bass

Andy Leftwich: fiddle, mandolin
David Davidson: violin
John Catchings: cello
Jerry McPherson: electric guitar
J.T. Corenflos: electric guitar
Dan Dugmore: pedal steel guitar
Tim Lauer: keyboards, synthesizer, keyboard bass, organ, "tiny keyboard"
Charlie Peacock: electric piano, trumpet
Barry Bales: double bass
Ken Lewis: percussion

Charlie Peacock: Producer, Additional Engineering
Richie Biggs: Engineer, Mixer
Richard Dodd: Mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[23] 37
Canadian Albums Chart[24] 16
Dutch Albums Chart[23] 93
Irish Albums Chart[25] 26
New Zealand Albums Chart[26] 40
UK Albums Chart[27] 13
US Billboard 200[28] 10
US Billboard Independent Albums[29] 1
US Billboard Folk Albums[30] 1
US Billboard Rock Albums[31] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Billboard 200 88[32]
US Folk Albums Chart 5[32]
US Independent Albums Chart 6[32]
US Rock Albums Chart 27[32]
Chart (2013) Position
US Folk Albums Chart 47[33]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US
2011 "Barton Hollow"A 101

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[35] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Gold 623,000[3]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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