Together since 2008, Joy Williams and John Paul White – known to their fans as The Civil Wars – have meshed their talents in a seamlessly beautiful quilt of music. It’s sad however that the two who work so creatively together to produce the most amazing music, could not mesh these notes together to continue the upward motion this duo was on. Having just won the 2014 Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, it seemed unlikely that they would soon be announcing their parting of ways.
In comments posted to their official webpage yesterday Williams and White gave their statements to fans, along with a free download as a thank you for their support over the years.
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.”
Although short-lived in the eye of the storm, the talents of these four-time Grammy winning artists have forever created an impression on the world of folk and country music and the fans that adore them.
In a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Williams explained that although they were in tune in the studio, the multitude of hours they spent together touring had taken a toll on their friendship and professional relationship. Having taken a hiatus in 2011 after recording what would be their third and final album, the two couldn’t find their ways past their differences and have now announced they will be parting ways for good.