Formed in 2009, the two-piece went on to earn widespread praise and even a Grammy nomination for their debut album, 2011’s Barton Hallow. Despite their growing success, they went on hiatus in late 2012, citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” as reasons for why they were “unable to continue as a touring entity.”
The Civil Wars’ highly anticipated sophomore self-titled album will be released August 6 on Sensibility Music/Columbia Records. This is the follow up to the three-time Grammy Award-winning duo’s acclaimed debut, Barton Hollow, which is now certified RIAA Gold in the U.S. In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “The One That Got Away,” is now available to stream (http://smarturl.it/theonethatgotaway) and purchase (http://smarturl.it/totgaitunes). The album is also now available to pre-order (http://smarturl.it/thecivilwars).
The Civil Wars was recorded in Nashville between August 2012 and January 2013. Charlie Peacock was once again at the helm as producer for the album. Additionally, Rick Rubin produced the duo’s performance for the track “I Had Me a Girl” in August of 2011. Peacock later completed the track by producing the instrumentation and mix.
The album was recorded amidst a grueling touring schedule, exhausting workload and a growing disconnect from their families. Personal statements from band-members Joy Williams and John Paul White can be viewed at http://thecivilwars.com/.
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Dr. Dog – Wild Race (Wild Race EP, Anti-)
Grizzly Bear – Yet Again (Shields, Warp Records)
Lord Huron – Time To Run (Lonesome Dreams, IAm Sound Records)
Husky – Fake Moustache (Forever So, Sub Pop)
Dirty Projectors – About To Die (Swing Lo Magellan, Domino)
Menomena – Capsule (Moms, Barsuk)
Kenny Vaughan Trio – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (East Nashville Christmas)
The Civil Wars – I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Holidays Rule, Hear Music)
The Avett Brothers – I Thank God (My Favorite Gifts, Ramseur Records)
The xx – Chains (Coexist, Young Turks)
Ultraista – Smalltalk (Ultraista, Temporary Residence)
Lambchop – Gone Tomorrow (Mr. M, Merge)
Ghetto Brothers – You Say You Are My Friend (Power Fuerza, Truth & Soul)
The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the bands The Civil Wars bonded over when they got together. Check out Joy Williams and John Paul White‘s take on the Pumpkins “Disarm.”
Lightning 100 has captured some pretty amazing performances in 2011. Check out our Top 11 videos from 2011! Which videos do you think made it to our Top 11? Click here to find out.
2011 was a great year for music!
I went through all the videos from bands and artists that performed on my show this year and was blown away by all the great memories!
One I will remember for the rest of my life was THE DOOBIE BROTHERS asking me to sing BLACK WATER. In the middle of the performance! Unreal. Thank god I was basically in key…or this would not be the first video in my Best of 2011!
This Nashville based band put out one of my favorite albums in 2011. I had the pleasure of having them perform this track LOST BOY on my show. Pick up a copy of THE APACHE RELAY album AMERICAN NOMAD today at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music.
How about getting THE CIVIL WARS on my show! Such a pleasure getting this intimate performance of BARTON HOLLOW from Joy Williams and John Paul White. Life is good!
When NICKEL CREEK said, farewell for now, we all knew we would get some superb music from the gang, as they explored solo projects and new groups. Chris Thile seems to really be enjoying himself here with his new band, THE PUNCH BROTHERS. This recording is coming from two room mics. Simply amazing.
MOON TAXI – I love this Nashville band. It’s been so much fun watching them grow into the stars they have yet to become. Their new album CABARET drops in the beginning of February. 2012 will be the year of MOON TAXI!
I guess for now, this will be a top 5 but there are dozens more. This link will take you to the beginning of the year on our youtube page.
Thanks for listening and cheers to an awesome 2011!
The Civil Wars recently visited our studio after performing at Music City Roots. The Civil Wars’ popularity is on the rise after their performances on SXSW, an appearance on Jay Leno, and celebrity tweets from Taylor Swift and Steven Tyler. Tell us what you think about Lightning 100’s in-studio video compared to the official music video. Which one is better? Don’t worry, you won’t hurt our feelings.
Radiohead – Lotus Flower (King Of Limbs, self-released)
Mogwai – Mexican Grand Prix (Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will, Sub Pop)
The Dears – Thrones (Degeneration Street, Dangerbird)
Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss (Innerspeaker, Modular Recordings)
Tristen – Heart And Hope To Die (Charlatans At The Garden Gate, American Myth)
Bright Eyes – Shell Games (The People’s Key, Saddle Creek)
The Civil Wars – I’ve Got This Friend (Barton Hollow, Sensibility Music)
Twilight Singers – She Was Stolen (Dynamite Steps, Sub Pop)
Hayes Carll – Bottle In My Hand (KMAG YOYO, Lost Highway)
Drive-By Truckers – Where’s Eddie (Go-Go Boots, ATO)
Lifeguards – Paradise Is Not So Bad (Waving At The Astronauts, Ernest Jenning)
Yuck – Get Away (Yuck, Fat Possum)
La Sera – Never Come Around (La Sera, Hardly Art)