Friday BBQ Spotify 10/11/13
Joy Williams and John Paul White met in 2008, during a song-writing session or “writing camp” at a music studio in Nashville, Tennessee. According to Williams, the idea for the band’s name came as she “was driving around town looking at all the Civil War monuments.” When audio engineers watched the pair work together for the first time, they claimed to be afraid to work the controls, fearful of burning their fingers from the raw heat and electricity in the room – they were that natural working together. There have been times when there’s been real-life civil wars going on in their camp (Joy and John are not romantically involved – she’s married to the group’s manager and they recently had their first child) – In November 2012, the duo went on hiatus, citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” And then they proceeded to produce their latest album earlier this year, which was even better than the first. I can still remember the 2012 Grammys presentation night when they played a quick live version of “Barton Hollow” before introducing their tour-mate Taylor Swift as a presenter. Before the evening was over, they had snagged a pair of Grammy awards and people were begging them to go on tour on their own.
Some of you may remember their work with Taylor Swift on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games, but The Civil Wars also did some great work with T Bone Burnett for the documentary on hunger in America titled A Place at the Table, and I’ve put a couple of pieces from that movie on this list. Sometimes, discord can be a good thing – at least when it comes to creating great music. Have a smoldering, yet civil October weekend everyone.