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About John Paul White

John Paul White had already spent many years flying under the radar in Nashville as a solo artist and industry songwriter when he and Joy Williams formed Americana duo the Civil Wars and struck gold with their 2012 debut, Barton Hollow. After four Grammy Awards and the 2014 demise of Civil Wars' rocky partnership, White was on his own again, but a good deal more established, setting the table for his 2016 solo effort Beulah.

A native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, John Paul White spent a number of years working behind the scenes as a professional songwriter in Nashville, making his solo debut, The Long Goodbye, in 2008. Recorded at his hometown's legendary FAME Studios and released independently, the album introduced White's warm lonesome sound, which pulled from the country, rock, folk, and Southern traditions of his home state. That same year, he met California singer/songwriter Joy Williams at a Nashville songwriting workshop where the two solo artists were randomly paired together. Their rich harmonic blend and complementary styles immediately gelled, leading them to form the Civil Wars shortly afterward. Their critically and commercially successful partnership would ultimately earn them four Grammy Awards and a devoted international fan base. In spite of their musical chemistry, White and Williams' relationship offstage became increasingly rocky during their five years together, and they disbanded in 2014. Over the next two years, White released a handful of solo tracks, contributing a song to the 2015 season of HBO's True Detective series and dueting with Emmylou Harris on the song "Kyrie." Along with Alabama Shakes member Ben Tanner, he launched his own label, Single Lock Records, and became active producing records for others. His second solo effort, Beulah, was issued in August 2016. Following a guest spot singing with Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash on Crowell's 2017 album, Close Ties, White returned to the studio to work on his own material, emerging in October 2018 with the melancholic waltz "My Dreams Have All Come True." ~ Timothy Monger

Muscle Shoals, AL

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