Native to California, now living in Nashville, Joy Williams, shares her music passion with Alabama native, John Paul White. Together, these two meld their voices to create a distinctive clear sound. The profound nature of the lyrics holds the tone and character of the music. The instrumentation is robust and dramatic. Songs are happy, sad, and everything in between, but the manner in which Williams and White deliver completes the experience.
The Civil Wars emerged on the music scene in 2009 after meeting at a Nashville song writing session in 2008. Since the onset of their debut performance at The French Quarter Café in Nashville, a whirlwind ensued. The single, “Poison and Wine” ended a dramatic episode of Grey’s Anatomy in 2009, instantly propelling The Civil Wars into the spotlight. Their debut album, “Barton Hollow” dropped February 1, 2011; 25,000 copies sold the first week. Countless television appearances, festivals, and concerts followed their new found popularity.
Williams and White sang “Barton Hollow” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, a month prior to the album’s release. The duet toured North America with Adele, to rave reviews. “Barton Hollow” was nominated for Duet of the Year by CMT and Grammy Awards in both Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. The Civil Wars will celebrate their love of music and fans will be able to hear and see why Williams and White are influencing music across the nation.
Williams and White do not travel with a band, much to the pleasure of audiences. The live performance will be heartfelt and will not disappoint. Tickets are still available at http://www.kentuckycenter.org and are $20/$23 day of show. It is recommended to purchase tickets early;the show will likely sell out. The show begins at 8 pm with special guests, The Staves. This is an all ages show. The welcoming environment of The Brown Theater will serve The Civil Wars and the fans well.
Cover photo: Courtesy of The Civil Wars