The Civil Wars (Birds of a Feather)

thecivilwars The Civil Wars (Birds of a Feather)In some ways, music doesnt get much more modest or minimalist than it is in the hands of The Civil Wars, a duo comprised of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They travel without a backup band, and on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, the bare-bones live arrangements that fans hear on the road are fleshed out with just the barest of acoustic accoutrements. Each song is an intimate conversation, and no third wheels or dinner-party chatter are going to interrupt that gorgeous, haunting hush.

On the other hand, theres been something distinctly loud about the duos introduction to the world, even prior to the albums release. Their signature song Poison & Wine was heard on Greys Anatomy—in the foreground, in its entirety, over a key climactic montage, prompting hundreds of thousands of viewers to Google the mystery music. And they got a wholly unsolicited endorsement when Americas biggest pop star gave The Civil Wars a seal of approval. After first tweeting her love for the duo, fellow Nashvillian Taylor Swift included Poison & Wine as a selection in her official iTunes playlist, saying, I think this is my favorite duet. Its exquisite.

The duo has since been nominated for the Country Music Awards, Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, performed at Austin City Limits Festival, made television appearances on ABCs new show Nashville and CWs hit series Vampire Diaries, and included in The Hunger Games soundtrack just to name a few highlights.

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