Rise of The Civil Wars


JOY Williams and John Paul White, better known as The Civil Wars, met during a Nashville songwriting session in 2008. After recording a live performance album and a four-song EP, their full-length album, Barton Hollow, was released in 2011.

The duo won Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album at this year’s Grammys.

Their first album, Poison And Wine, was produced by Charlie Peacock. The title track was featured in the television series Grey’s Anatomy and The Vampire Diaries.

The name The Civil Wars came from the lyrics of Poison And Wine, which tell of the good, the bad and the ugly of married life.

Peacock also produced Barton Hollow, which reached No. 12 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Digital Albums chart.
It stayed on top of the iTunes chart for nine days.

The Civil Wars was nominated for a CMT Award in the Duo Video Of The Year category last year and has regularly appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

It also opened for this year’s Grammy darling Adele’s North American tour and received the Vanguard Award at the 49th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards.

The Civil Wars composed the song Safe And Sound with Taylor Swift and T.

Bone Burnett for the film The Hunger Games. It also recorded Kingdom Come for the same movie soundtrack.
Compiled by Dennis Chua


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