It’s a bit embarrassing to admit how sad this is for me. They are one of my favorite new bands, and their debut “Barton Hallow” was one of the strongest releases I’ve heard in a while. They really captured the contemporary movement of Americana music, and it’s a shame to hear that the curtain has come down.
I just stumbled upon The Civil Wars covering one of my favorite artists ever, Sade, and her song “No Ordinary Love,” and I had no idea this existed. This just furthers my love for them.
Such an incredible cover, give it a listen.
A very, very successful Record Store Day. My first one at that, as well.
Tomorrow brings upon us the 5th annual Record Store Day. I myself hope to be participating and getting some of the releases I’m most excited for.
CBS This Morning did a wonderful piece with one of my favorite bands, The Civil Wars, on vinyl in comparison to how we listen to music, which there isn’t really any besides convenience. In my opinion, music can exist in an age with both vinyl and MP3’s.
Give the video a look, and talk soon.
My morning listening session has been with The Civil Wars. I hadn’t listened to them much the last month or so, and after their performance at The Grammy’s, as short as it was, I’ve brought them back out.
The Civil Wars have one of my favorite albums of the last year. Their debut “Barton Hallow” has yet to get old, and I only grow to love it more.
They did an acoustic performance for Secret Sessions and just show why they are one of the best contemporary groups out there.
The picture posted above is of the band, The Civil Wars, consisting of Joy Williams and John Paul White. These two have slowly become one of my favorite bands in music. Having met at a song-writing session in Nashville in 2008, they were paired together to write some music, and after recognizing an immediate connection, they started exploring more of that musical relationship. Shortly there after, they were featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” and looking forward, have now achieved some wonderful success.
Their music is some of the most intimate I’ve heard, both lyrically and sonically. The connection that is formed when you hear these two sing together is unlike anything I’ve ever felt and heard. Over the last year or so, I’ve been exploring this duo, and my love for them continues to grow. This morning I sat down with my coffee and checked out NPR.org and found that they were featured on World Cafe a while back. This session of World Cafe explore The Civil Wars a bit more, and I was able to learn more about them as a band, and them individually. A certain factor in their music that makes me appreciate them more, is that they are not romantically invalid, and they talk about this on the session, but because of that, they are able to have conversations about their respective love lives, pull back the curtains and put them into song.
With their music, for me, this remarkably unique thing happens with every single song - chills. I can think of few albums that have this affect on me. Granted I have a plethora of albums that I connect with 90% of the songs, but there is always that one, two or three songs that don’t do it for me emotionally. Not the case with Joy Williams and John Paul White. The harmonies these two create and the way their lyrics sound, as well as the content matter, have resonated with me in ways that not all music can. They have this ability to bring music back to it’s most pure form, and that’s where this visceral reaction comes from, and where my love for their music rests.
I’ll end this post with a link to their session on World Cafe - do yourself a favor and check them out. ASAP.