I was pretty late to the party when it came to discovering The Civil Wars. I did not really know they existed until hearing them in that overplayed song from the Hunger Games Soundtrack with Taylor Swift and even then I didn’t take much notice. It was not until a friend recently suggested I check out their album Barton Hollow that I realized what I was missing.
The Civil Wars, comprised of Joy Williams and John Paul White, are one of those duos that truly play to each others strengths, and boy do they have a lot of them. Performing acoustic, sometimes accapella, they are truly all about the music and you can hear their raw talent in every single song. And it doesn’t end there. Not only is their sound true and original (no auto tune or backup singers in sight), they write their own songs as well. Yes, you read that correctly, there are still some very talented musicians out there writing their own music.
It is rare that I come across a cd where I do not skip a single song, but Barton Hollow is definitely one of those unique creations. Lest you think I am biased towards this sort of country folk music, let me be the first to tell you that I grew up on Billy Joel and Elton John at home, Green Day and Britney Spears with my friends, and Sarah Mclachlan and Lisa Loeb in my room alone with my teenage angst. Yet, there is something about the music the Civil Wars create that speaks to me and I think it will speak to anyone who can appreciate skillful emotional songwriting and a beautiful sound.
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