The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars have won Grammy Awards both as Best Country Group and for Best Folk Album, although their style goes much wider and entertains rich elements of pop, rock and many other things besides. Joy Williams and former Nuthin' Fancy band member John Paul White - who'd both previously released solo albums - starting writing and performing together after meeting at a songwriting camp in Nashville in 2008. They decided to call themselves The Civil Wars while looking at various Civil War monuments. Having a good reaction to the free release of an internet download of a live show at Eddie's Attic in Georgia, they released a digital album Poison & Wine, and achieved their mainstream breakthrough when the title track was used on the TV series Grey's Anatomy. They followed it in 2011 with the album Barton Hollow, which received widespread praise and reached Number 12 in the US album chart. They went on to collaborate with Taylor Swift on the song Safe & Sound, The Chieftains on Lily Love and T Bone Burnett on the film score of A Place At The Table; and their songs were also featured in The Hunger Games, Vampire Diaries and Nashville movies. In 2013 their bitter-sweet second album The Civil Wars topped the US album charts and produced hit singles The One That Got Away, From This Valley and Dust To Dust. Their future, however, is uncertain after a reported internal dispute between the duo and their decision to stop touring.

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