The Civil Wars

Indie Folk Duo The Civil Wars Officially Call It Quits, Offer Free Download as Farewell

The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars

Just as I was falling in love with The Civil Wars, the Grammy Award-winning indie folk duo, Joy Williams and John Paul White, announced an “indefinite hiatus.” Now, they have official split.

Citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” in 2012, Joy and John released a statement to fans explaining their decision to permanently part ways on Tuesday, and also offered a parting gift:

“The Civil Wars— made up of duo partners Joy Williams and John Paul White — have regretfully decided to permanently part ways. The difficult decision ends a tumultuous period for the four-time Grammy Award-winning band, who has been on indefinite hiatus since late 2012. As a thank you gift and farewell, the band is offering a download of their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.” Recorded in 2010, the track was originally released in 2011 as a b-side to the band’s limited edition Barton Hollow 7″ vinyl. This is the first time the song has been available digitally in the U.S. Both Joy and John Paul have added their personal words on disbanding here below.

“Joy Williams comments, ‘I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together. I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.’

“John Paul adds, ‘I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars — from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.'”

Though I only became familiar with The Civil Wars thanks to the 2012 Hunger Games soundtrack, the Nashville-based singer-songwriters released a live-performance album, titled Live at Eddie’s Attic and a four-song EP, titled Poison & Wine in 2009.

They released their full-length debut Barton Hollow in 2011 and won the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album in 2012.

Their sophomore album, The Civil Wars, released in 2013 via Columbia Records. The LP debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 116,000 copies.

In 2014, they won a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for From This Valley.”

While I’m sad over this outcome, I look forward to following their individual paths.

Get furthered bummed out with me about this by listening to “The One Who Got Away” below.