5 Highlights from The Civil Wars' Fleeting Existence
  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 06, 2014

  • Posted by: Peter Dolan

Today, a year after announcing their indefinite hiatus, country-folk duo The Civil Wars have officially disbanded. The band got its start after members Joy Williams and John Paul White met at a songwriting camp in 2008. Their first album, 2011's Barton Hollow, garnered much acclaim and picked up two Grammys for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Bruises first started showing when the band went on hiatus in November of 2012, canceling the remainder of their tour after only a few performances, citing 'internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.' The release of their sophomore album, 2013's self-titled The Civil Wars, suggested that the pair had reunited, but a tour failed to materialize.

The band made the announcement via Facebook.

In memoriam, we've selected a few highlights from the duo's time together, however brief it was.

1. The band performed this folksy cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" at a live show just after the release of their first album in 2011.



2. Later that year, they performed an intimate 11-minute set for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.



3. This interview from 2012 with Jian Gomeshi in Studio Q delves into their background and their song-writing process.



4. The video for the band's first single, "Poison and Wine", off of premier album Barton Hollow, has garnered over 7 million views.



5. This appreciably nostalgic, lo-fi video for "Falling", the "first song [the two] ever wrote together."

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