The Civil Wars

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The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars, Dublin.JPG
The Civil Wars performing at The Sugar Club, Dublin in September 2011
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Americana, folk, indie folk, singer-songwriter
Years active 2009–2013 (on hiatus)
Labels sensibility/Columbia
Website www.thecivilwars.com
Members

The Civil Wars is 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.[1] They released their second album, The Civil Wars, in 2013. The duo is currently on hiatus.[2]

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Williams and White met in 2008, during a song-writing session or "writing camp" at a music studio in Nashville, Tennessee.[3][4][5][6][7] According to Williams the idea for the band's name came as she "was driving around town looking at all the Civil War monuments."[8] 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.[5] Later that year, they released a digital extended-play album, called Poison & Wine, produced by Charlie Peacock,[9] and the title song appeared on the TV show Grey's Anatomy.[10]

2011[edit]

In 2011, The Civil Wars released the album, Barton Hollow which reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart,[11] No. 54 on the UK Albums Chart[12][13] and received Grammy nominations in the Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories.[1][14][15] The album was included on several critics' Best Albums of 2011 lists, including NPR Music,[16] Paste,[17] Time,[18] Associated Press,[19] AllMusic.com[20] The Wall Street Journal[21] Rolling Stone,[22] Entertainment Weekly,[23] and USA Today.[citation needed] They released the singles "Tracks in the Snow" [24] and "Safe & Sound".[25][26]

The duo appeared twice on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,[27][28] on A Prairie Home Companion[29] at the Sundance Film Festival,[30] NPR's All Things Considered,[31] the UK television show Later... with Jools Holland,[32] the Late Show with David Letterman,[33][34] and at the Grand Ole Opry.[35] In the summer, the duo opened several shows for Emmylou Harris, and performed at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival.[36][37][38] before joining Adele for her UK tour.[39]

That year they were nominated for a Country Music Association Award in the Vocal Duo of the Year category,[39][40] for the Americana Music Awards in the Duo/Group of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year categories[41] and received the Vanguard Award at the 49th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards.[42] In September, The Civil Wars were nominated for two Country Music Association Awards, including Vocal Duo of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for their collaboration with Taylor Swift on the song "Safe & Sound."[43] They won the award for Duo/Group of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony,[44] and their album Barton Hollow received RIAA Gold certification for 500,000 copies sold.[45]

2012[edit]

In 2012 the duo received a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album[46] Their album, Barton Hollow, was nominated for Album of the Year at the A2IM Libera Awards[47][48][49] and received widespread praise from music critics.[50][51][52][53][54][55][56][57]

That year the group appeared on TV shows, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno [58][59] Austin City Limits,[60] VH1 Unplugged[61] Good Morning America[62] and BBC Breakfast.[63] On February 24, 2012, the band performed at "Bluegrass Underground" recording what would become episode #201 of the eponymous PBS series.[64][65] The duo performed at the Ryman Auditorium,[66][67][68] the Ford Theatre Annual Gala[69] the Schermerhorn Symphony Center,[70] the Beale Street Music Festival,[71] the Sasquatch! Music Festival,[72] the Bonnaroo Music Festival[73] and sang the National Anthem at the Atlanta Braves' opening day ceremonies.[74]

Their songs were featured on The Vampire Diaries,[75] Nashville and on the The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond movie soundtrack [76][77][78] In 2012, The Civil Wars partnered with T-Bone Burnett on the film score for the documentary A Place At The Table (previously known as Finding North).[79] and collaborated on the song "Lily Love" with The Chieftains.[80] They released a 7" vinyl album with cover versions of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and Portishead's "Sour Times" in April.[81] The duo was featured in American Way magazine,[82] USA Today,[83] on the cover of Billboard,[84] and released a photo book called To Whom It May Concern.[85]

In November 2012, the duo went on hiatus, citing "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition."[86][87][88][89]

2013–present[edit]

In June 2013, they released the single "The One That Got Away" from their album The Civil Wars[90] and in October, a music video called "Dust to Dust".[91] The song was used for the ABC Family show, Ravenswood[citation needed] and played in the 2013 remake of the film Carrie.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs
  • Poison & Wine (2009)
  • Tracks in the Snow (2011)
  • Between the Bars (2013)
  • Bare Bones (2013)
Collaborations
Other album appearances

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2011 CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year — "Barton Hollow"[92] Nominated
Americana Music Association New/Emerging Artist of the Year[93] Nominated
Duo/Group of the Year[93] Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year[94] Nominated
ASCAP Awards Vanguard Award[95] Won
2012 54th Grammy Awards Best Folk Album — Barton Hollow[1] Won
Best Country Duo/Group Performance — "Barton Hollow"[1] Won
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year — Safe & Sound (Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars)[96] Nominated
Collaborative Video of the Year — Safe & Sound (Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars)[96] Nominated
Duo Video of the Year — Poison & Wine[96] Nominated
Americana Music Association Duo/Group of the Year[97] Won
A2IM Libera Awards Album of the Year - Barton Hollow[98] Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year[43] Nominated
Musical Event of the Year - "Safe & Sound" (Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars)[43] Nominated
2013 55th Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance — "Safe & Sound" (with Taylor Swift) Nominated
Best Song Written For Visual Media — "Safe & Sound" (with Taylor Swift) Won
70th Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song — "Safe & Sound" (with Taylor Swift) [99] Nominated
2014 56th Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance — "From This Valley" Won

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