John Paul White spoke with the New York Chapter at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. About writing, he said he needs to "follow his nose" and expose his mind to new things, become inspired, and then "just be a conduit for that stuff to fall out on a page." About going on the road, it's his connection to fans that takes him away from home in Alabama. "I can write songs and I can play songs on my back porch and I can be perfectly happy," he said. "What gets me out of the house and makes me want to do it is that connection I have, and the connection people have with me, through those songs every night." White and Joy Williams won four GRAMMY Awards each for their music. The Civil Wars' 2011 debut album Barton Hollow and its title track won Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 54th GRAMMY Awards. The soundtrack to The Hunger Games featured the song "Safe & Sound" which won Best Song For Visual Media at the 55th GRAMMY Awards for White and Williams as individuals, as well as for co-songwriters T Bone Burnett and Taylor Swift. On the Civil Wars' 2013 self-titled album, the song "From This Valley" won the category Best Country Duo/Group Performance again at the 56th GRAMMY Awards, but by that time the duo had disbanded. White discusses his 2016 solo second album Beulah, about which The Guardian said, "A lot of it sounds spectacularly gloomy and bitter," meaning that favorably. The name "Beulah" feels very Alabama to White but it is also an ideal place for inner healing in William Blake's philosophy.