Many bands don't cancel a tour and go on hiatus after a career-making year. But folk duo The Civil Wars did just that towards the end of a breakthrough 2012.
Singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White released their first full-length Barton Hollow in 2011. Their 2012 Grammy Awards performance created buzz similar to the prior year when Mumford & Sons ushered the return of folk rock to the mainstream music landscape. They also took home two Grammy trophies. Not bad for their first Grammy run!
During the rest of 2012 The Civil Wars performed on most of the late night network TV shows, VH1 Unplugged, The White House, and teamed with country-pop megastar Taylor Swift for a song on The Hunger Games soundtrack. Oh, and Barton Hollow went gold.
Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes dischord took its toll. The band cancelled a tour and posted this statement on their website late last year.
We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.
- Joy Williams & John Paul White.
While the exact status of The Civil Wars is somewhat in doubt, there's a new album coming. Here's a press release from Columbia:
The Civil Wars’ highly anticipated sophomore self-titled album will be released August 6 on Sensibility Music/Columbia Records. This is the follow up to the three-time Grammy Award-winning duo’s acclaimed debut, Barton Hollow, which is now certified RIAA Gold in the U.S. In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “The One That Got Away,” is now available to stream and purchase. The album is also now available to pre-order. See reverse for complete track listing.
The Civil Wars was recorded in Nashville between August 2012 and January 2013. Charlie Peacock was once again at the helm as producer for the album. Additionally, Rick Rubin produced the duo’s performance for the track “I Had Me a Girl” in August of 2011. Peacock later completed the track by producing the instrumentation and mix.
The album was recorded amidst a grueling touring schedule, exhausting workload and a growing disconnect from their families. Personal statements from band-members Joy Williams and John Paul White can be viewed at www.thecivilwars.com.