GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Look: The Civil Wars
GRAMMY-winning folk duo the Civil Wars recently released their self-titled sophomore album. GRAMMY.com has your first look at the premiere of the lyric video for their new single from the album, "Dust To Dust."
"This song is an anthem for the lonely," said the Civil Wars' Joy Williams. "Sometimes you come across somebody who thinks they are hiding their pain, but if we are all honest, nobody is very good at it: 'You're like a mirror, reflecting me/Takes one to know one, so take it from me.' When John Paul [White] and I wrote this late one night in Birmingham, England, we decided to change the pronoun at the end of the song. We wanted to represent that we all experience loneliness in our lives."
The Civil Wars were formed in 2008 after Tennessee native John Paul White and California native Williams met at a songwriting workshop in Nashville, Tenn., and the following year released the digital album Live At Eddie's Attic. Released in February 2011, the Civil Wars' debut album Barton Hollow peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and garnered the duo their first two GRAMMY Awards for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the title track at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in February 2012. Williams and White won their third GRAMMY at the 55th GRAMMY Awards in 2013 for Best Song Written For Visual Media for "Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games)," along with producer T Bone Burnett and Taylor Swift.
Despite announcing a touring hiatus in November 2012, the Civil Wars reconvened for their sophomore set, The Civil Wars, which was released Aug. 6 and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Co-produced by GRAMMY winners Charlie Peacock and Rick Rubin, along with executive producer Nate Yetton, the album features 12 tracks, 10 of which were co-written by White and Williams, including the lead single, "The One That Got Away," which peaked at No. 16 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart, "From This Valley" and a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins' "Disarm."
When asked about future touring plans in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Williams said, "I wish I knew the answer to that. I don't think that it's never going to happen, it's just I don't know if it's going to happen right now."