The Civil Wars Break Up, Share Rare B-Side

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 08.06.14 in News

The Civil Wars have decided to make their indefinite hiatus official and split up permanently after spending the past two years working on solo material and spending time with family.

“I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars,” John Paul White wrote in a press release, “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.”

“I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least,” added Joy Williams. “JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together … 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.”

Sure enough, Williams has a Facebook page set up for her next project here and White can be followed at his own individual page as well. It’s unclear what caused the band’s breakup, although their decision to cancel a round of tour dates in late 2012 provided some hints, starting with “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.”

“I wish I had a very concrete and eloquent answer for you about what happened,” Williams told NPR last summer. “But the reality is, I’m still trying to make sense of it myself. There was always so much ease involved in working with John Paul, and I feel like that translated in the music, and that translated in our live stage performances. Over time, being on the road, that can be a long haul, and we agreed to a really breakneck pace, both of us. And I think that breakneck pace broke us a little bit.

She continued, “I do believe that if we can mend some of the bridges that we burned between the two of us, we can come back as a stronger band and a stronger duo, and I hope for that … I think that tension actually made for a more emotional and a visceral project.”

As a parting gift, the Grammy-winning group has shared a rather ironic digital version of “You Are My Sunshine,” taken from the B-side of their “Barton Hollow” 7-inch from 2011…