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Published: 2014/08/05

The Civil Wars Officially Disband

The Civil Wars have officially broken up. The duo, which consisted of Joy Williams and John Paul White, had been on indefinite hiatus since 2012. The pair have posted a statement on their Facebook page that reads:

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.”

The Civil Wars dropped by the Relix / office back in 2011 to play a few songs in our boiler room. You can check out “20 Years” here.


There are 5 comments associated with this post

Rob Turner August 5, 2014, 12:11:56

Infighting usually starts Civil Wars. In this case, seems as though it might have ended one.

drasticjasper August 5, 2014, 13:19:02

gee thanks for the article on yet another crappy pop band no one who likes jambands ever listened to

jb August 5, 2014, 14:20:09

Frank Rizzo once said “Open your ears, jackass!”

GS August 5, 2014, 17:26:13

What a talented duo to say the least. I very much look forward to the future offerings from both Joy and John Paul. I can only theorize, what made them so enjoyable to watch and hear perform, ultimately would not allow them to continue and maintain their existence. That much passion and chemistry in male female duos comes from great emotion. Thanks for what we got to experiance Cival Wars!

mulebyrd August 5, 2014, 18:19:19

some of my fav music in past ten years. listen to what frank rizzo said.

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