This has not been a good week … now The Civil Wars have announced they’re permanently disbanding. I am so sad they couldn’t work things out. Really loved their unique songwriting, harmonies, the whole classy package.
I’m so grateful I got to see them live three separate times here in Toronto (once opening for Adele)… up top and down below are two videos I took the last time they were here … their harmonies sounded even better in person but maybe it jinxes things when you reference The Civil War in your band name, who knows?
This is the announcement they posted on their FB page (will definitely be downloading their last song… a lovely, bittersweet gesture):
The Civil Wars—made up of duo partners Joy Williams and John Paul White—have regretfully decided to permanently part ways. The difficult decision ends a tumultuous period for the four-time Grammy Award-winning band, who has been on indefinite hiatus since late 2012.
As a thank you gift and farewell, the band is offering a download of their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.” Recorded in 2010, the track was originally released in 2011 as a b-side to the band’s limited edition Barton Hollow 7” vinyl. This is the first time the song has been available digitally in the U.S.
Both Joy and John Paul have added their personal words on disbanding here below.
Joy Williams comments, “I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together.
I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full.
Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.”
John Paul adds, “I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”
Full statement and “You Are My Sunshine” download at http://thecivilwars.com/
Please follow JOY & John Paul White for individual updates.
I noticed some fans expressing anger in the FB comments… what do you guys think? Is that warranted? Does that always happen when groups break up?
David getting glomped by the children’s choir… no doubt singing “Let me goooooo”