The Civil Wars

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The Civil Wars

The renowned PBS television series, Austin City Limits, kicked off the tapings for their 38th season in grand style when The Civil Wars graced the stage of the Moody Theater on February 29, 2012. The Award winning duo, fresh off their appearance at the Grammy’s, where they introduced fellow The Hunger Games soundtrack artist, Taylor Swift, amazed the ACL crowd with their ethereal vocals.

The duo, famous for their powerful melodies, has taken the folk/pop/country music world by storm. Their intimate arrangements are perfect for showcasing their dynamic on-stage chemistry. Williams’ and White’s voices meld perfectly to create breathtaking harmonies while the precision of their musical accompaniment captures the audience’s attention. The Civil Wars minimalist approach to instrumentation, one guitar and, occasionally, a baby grand, offers a unique sound, rarely seen in music today.

The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars, comprised of Joy Williams and John Paul White, have had an amazing 2012 so far as they were presented their first two Grammy Awards on February 12 for Best Country Duo/Group performance of their single Barton Hollow and Best Folk Album. These prestigious awards were followed only weeks later by another great honor, appearing on the ACL stage. Their debut album, Barton Hollow, which was released in the US in 2011, was released in the UK in March 2012 to rave reviews. To top it all off, Joy Williams and her husband/manager, Nate Yetton, announced early in the year that they are expecting their first child this summer.

Their appearance on the stage of Austin City Limits was “a dream come true” for the duo. Joy told the audience in attendance that this taping was enabling her to check one more item off of her bucket list while John Paul explained how he had grown up watching the series. He told how he anxiously awaited each week’s show to see which great performer he would be introduced to next. The two were both humbled to be included in this amazing part of music history known as Austin City Limits.

While on the ACL stage, the duo performed many selections from their award winning album, Barton Hollow, and several covers as well, including an incredible rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean.”  Make sure to tune in this fall for the 38th season of Austin City Limits and see and hear, in my opinion, one of the best acts in music today.

Review by Margy Moore Photography by Scott Moore / Limelight Images