Four time Grammy winning duo The Civil Wars, made up of Joy Williams and John Paul White, have officially ended their relationship. They’ve been on a hiatus since 2012 but the pair have made an official statement via their website and facebook confirming the band is no more.
This is sad news for me as I really love this band. I’ll continue to follow both of them as they embark (I hope) on their next musical journey. It really is a shame as this band was something special. We may never know what tore this great band apart but as fans we can certainly mourn the loss. I’ll have Barton Hollow on repeat all day.
As a gift to their fans, they are releasing the track You Are My Sunshine, previously unavailable digitally in the US, for free via their official site.
Here is the statement in full:
The Civil Wars—made up of duo partners Joy Williams and John Paul White—have regretfully decided to permanently part ways. The difficult decision ends a tumultuous period for the four-time Grammy Award-winning band, who has been on indefinite hiatus since late 2012.
As a thank you gift and farewell, the band is offering a download of their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.” Recorded in 2010, the track was originally released in 2011 as a b-side to the band’s limited edition Barton Hollow 7” vinyl. This is the first time the song has been available digitally in the U.S.
Both Joy and John Paul have added their personal words on disbanding here below.
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.”
Full statement and “You Are My Sunshine” download at http://thecivilwars.com/
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