The Civil Wars Bring Peace to Austin

Written by on February 23, 2012 in February 23, 2012, Live Reviews - Comments Off on The Civil Wars Bring Peace to Austin

Review by Margy Moore
Photography by Limelight Imaging

The Civil WarsThe mood was anything but war-like at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas on January 19, 2012 when music’s latest super-duo made a much heralded appearance. Joy Williams and John Paul White, better known as The Civil Wars, left the sold-out crowd at Austin’s most historic theater in awe as they wove a magical, musical masterpiece of country and folk sounds into a beautiful tapestry using, of all things, their voices, and minimal instrumentation.

The Civil Wars, nominated for Best Country Duo/Group and Best Folk Album- Barton Hollow, first met at a writing camp in 2008. They released their first music in the form of a digital EP entitled “Poison and Wine” in November 2009. A few months later the duo recorded their second ever performance and released it as a free digital download on their website. “Live at Eddie’s Attic” has been a popular download for fans around the world. In 2011, the duo released their first full-length studio album, “Barton Hollow.”

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The duo, both of whom are accomplished songwriters and musicians in their own right, have received high praise from many other musicians including Adele, for whom they opened on her North American tour and Taylor Swift, whom the duo have collaborated with on “Safe and Sound” for the upcoming “Hunger Games” movie soundtrack.