The Civil Wars Break Up...For Now

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Ian Witlen
The Civil Wars this February in Florida. Full slideshow here.
The Civil Wars just posted an announcement on Facebook cancelling all upcoming tour dates due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition" -- effectively declaring the end of the band. This is a huge surprise for a duo decidedly on the rise -- fresh off a pair of Grammys and even fresher off an Americana Music Association award for Duo/Group of the year. Joy Williams & John Paul White played together as recently as last month's Austin City Limits festival.

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The Nashville-based duo has made two recent stops in St. Louis, both sold out shows. It was the Pageant in January of this year and Old Rock House in April 2011. At the first show, our reviewer saw a rare chemistry between Williams and White, saying:

But as serious as they might seem, the two couldn't help playing around on stage. Even from the first song, Joy Williams was all smiles as the band started the show with "Tip of My Tongue". Occasionally, White would sneak up and sing over William's shoulder, and she had to fight back laughter.

Evidently that magic has since worn well off, although this news comes with little warning -- reports from the band's set in mid-October in Austin suggested nothing out of the ordinary. Pollstar started reporting the tour cancellations last Friday, referring to a different post on the band's Facebook page that has since been taken down.

Here's the band's full announcement from just now:

We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.

- Joy Williams & John Paul White.

PS - We understand that there are many of you stuck with service charges and travel reservations due to our abrupt cancelations. Please email us at info@thecivilwars.comif there are costs incurred that you would like to be reimbursed for, include a scan or attachment to your receipt(s) of the costs, and we will do our best to reimburse you for non-refundable charges.

This certainly doesn't mean the end of the Civil Wars, forever -- the language in the announcement allows that they might still record together, and if they were to bury the hatchet completely and tour again in the future, that would hardly be without precedent in pop music. Their final recording together (for now) was a cover of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," which came out last week as part of a Holidays Rule compilation also featuring Paul McCartney, the Shins, Fun. and more. Listen to a snippet that song and watch the video for "Poison & Wine," the title track from the Civil Wars' first EP, on the next page.

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14 comments
gardenofeden7777
gardenofeden7777

I Luv u guys, would like to know where u may be touring this spring or summer of 2013 <333

If anyone knows, plz respond....Thank You

hprocksoff
hprocksoff

@mgbesq BTW, good meeting you the other night!

SlyeKlye
SlyeKlye

I just saw them for their final show at the roundhouse in London - they didn't hint at it in any way! They were amazing! This is heartbreaking.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

If this is one of those Indie/bluegrass/choir bands I hope they NEVER pick up an instrument again.

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

Just updated our post with some more information, if anyone is interested.

mcgalio
mcgalio

I just saw them in Dublin a week ago. They we're amazing. They also joked and played around a lot. This is so weird!!

courtneydinney
courtneydinney

Stop jumping to conclusions.. writing an article based on a Facebook status JUST posted is not effective or accurate news. The article in no way states the band's break-up just tour cancellations. They even said they hope to make new music in 2013.. pretty sure a band that's breaking up wouldn't say things like that! Gosh, anything for a news story, huh?

zzzxoe
zzzxoe

Most likely not a permanent separating, Joy just had a baby and perhaps that is taking precedence. Makes sense, perhaps keep the band in your thoughts rather than making the worst assumptions.

Alex M Powers
Alex M Powers

Well that was nice of them to offer a refund for service charges.

muddybuddy9
muddybuddy9

I don't think that they're actually breaking up. They never mentioned that. Just that they are canceling their tour...

 

Don't publish untrue statements like that. It's scary!

 

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