6 Songs, 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this six-track EP, The Civil Wars offer acoustic and alternative versions of songs featured on their 2012 self-titled sophomore album. These recordings come a year after the GRAMMY-winning duo went on hiatus due to personal and creative differences. With this in mind, the songs here take on added significance as a snapshot of a band in transition. Bare Bones lives up to its title by simply presenting Joy Williams and John Paul White harmonizing over minimal accompaniment, letting their voices and songwriting be heard with maximum intimacy. What comes through is both the strength and fragility of their art, heard in the tremulous power of “Dust to Dust,” the seething emotion of “The One That Got Away," and the wailing volatility of “O Henry.” When Williams and White interweave voices on “Eavesdrop,” the effect is both thrilling and disturbing, like overhearing a lovers’ breakup at a roadside café at 3 a.m. Whatever the future may hold for The Civil Wars, anyone seeking to get to the source of the duo’s volatile genius will want to hear Bare Bones.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this six-track EP, The Civil Wars offer acoustic and alternative versions of songs featured on their 2012 self-titled sophomore album. These recordings come a year after the GRAMMY-winning duo went on hiatus due to personal and creative differences. With this in mind, the songs here take on added significance as a snapshot of a band in transition. Bare Bones lives up to its title by simply presenting Joy Williams and John Paul White harmonizing over minimal accompaniment, letting their voices and songwriting be heard with maximum intimacy. What comes through is both the strength and fragility of their art, heard in the tremulous power of “Dust to Dust,” the seething emotion of “The One That Got Away," and the wailing volatility of “O Henry.” When Williams and White interweave voices on “Eavesdrop,” the effect is both thrilling and disturbing, like overhearing a lovers’ breakup at a roadside café at 3 a.m. Whatever the future may hold for The Civil Wars, anyone seeking to get to the source of the duo’s volatile genius will want to hear Bare Bones.

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About The Civil Wars

An Americana, folk, and country duo formed around guitarist John Paul White and vocalist Joy Williams, the Civil Wars made a quick name for themselves with the release of a digital album, Live at Eddie's Attic, in 2009. The Poison & Wine EP followed later that year, and the duo partnered with producer Charlie Peacock to begin recording a full-length album in 2010. The result, Barton Hollow, was released in February 2011, topping the digital charts and cracking Billboard's Top 20 during its first week. Live at Amoeba appeared in the spring of 2012, and although rumors of a split for the duo circulated, two projects appeared in 2013, the soundtrack to the movie A Place at the Table, which saw the duo working with producer T-Bone Burnett, and a new full-length studio album, the self-titled The Civil Wars, which was released at the end of the summer. Although it debuted at number one and earned strong reviews, it proved to be their last. White and Williams issued a statement in August 2014 that they had "regretfully decided to permanently part ways." ~ Chris True

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • FORMED
    2009

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