So, 2012 was a good year for the Civil Wars. Not actual wars, clearly, but rather, folk duo the Civil Wars, comprised of John Paul White and Joy Williams. Back then, they were living the life, with two Grammys for their debut album “Barton Hollow,” a breakout track with Taylor Swift on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, and regular plays on ABC’s “Nashville.”
Maybe performing to sold-out crowds nationwide was one good thing too many.
Today, each member posted some pretty vague personal statements on the group’s official site, announcing that a second album is in the works and should be released sometime this year. Fans rejoiced! Only problem? The Civil Wars are still on indefinite hiatus due to, “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition,” which resulted in the cancelation of their entire tour last fall.
John Paul White wrote:
“Patience is a virtue. Yours has been appreciated. Here’s to the hope you consider it rewarded.”
And Joy Williams had this to add:
“If you are reading this, I want to thank you for taking the time. I’m grateful for your patient support. I am very glad to say that new music is coming and I am finally proud of this album. A lot of soul, sweat and tears went into its creation. I hope you feel the heart in each song, that it might connect with yours. We are, each one of us, all journeying, learning and growing along this ever-evolving path. Hope this note finds you all well, wherever you are…”
The album cover, a pillar of billowing black smoke, indicates that maybe the Civil Wars aren’t done … um, warring, just yet.
Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.