And The GRAMMY Went To ... The Civil Wars
(In the coming weeks GRAMMY.com will feature information and video highlights on winners from the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. Each installment will offer the winning or related video, and some pertinent, and not so pertinent, information about the track and the artists.)
Song: "Barton Hollow"
Artist: The Civil Wars
Won for: Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Barton Hollow" and Best Folk Album for Barton Hollow
Previous wins: This year's wins marked the Civil Wars' first career GRAMMY wins
Did you know?: The Civil Wars' John Paul White and Joy Williams met at a songwriting workshop in Nashville in 2008. Williams came up with the duo's name while driving alongside Interstate 65 in Nashville, and has described it as representing the "small battles we all have within ourselves and with others." In 2009 the Civil Wars released a free digital live album, Live At Eddie's Attic, via their website. Their full-length debut album, Barton Hollow, was released in 2011. (Barton Hollow is a real place, just north of Muscle Shoals, Ala.) Of Barton Hollow's 12 songs, 11 are written exclusively by White and Williams. Regarding the title track, Williams has said the duo tapped "into an earthiness, a strength and a kind of grittiness that [John Paul] and I love." The single "Poison & Wine" was featured on an episode of "Grey's Anatomy." Barton Hollow peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. The duo recently collaborated with fellow GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift on "Safe & Sound," a song featured on the Hunger Games soundtrack. The Civil Wars have tour dates scheduled in the UK and United States for the remainder of the year. Williams is expecting her first child in June with husband Nate Yetton, who doubles as the duo's manager.