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You know those... obnoxious people who pull up next to you at the stop light blasting their rap music beyond loud? And you know that’s how they always "roll" because their stereo system is dying a slow, painful death. You can literally hear the speakers crying out, "Turn it down!... Please! I want to live". Well that’s how I wanna roll, except I wouldn’t be blaring rap through the speakers; it would be
The Civil Wars! I would play them so loud that everyone on the block could hear the melodic splendor of the harmonies this duo creates.
If you haven't heard of The Civil Wars by now my guess is that you're on an island,... in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean,... hiding,... under a rock with no access to a TV, Radio, or a Satellite.
Like most, I discovered The Civil Wars while watching the Grammy’s last month and I was blown away at their 30 second performance of “Barton Hollow”, which is also the title of their first album. The lovely Joy Williams and super HOT John Paul White make up this amazing duo.
Man, Nashville sure can crank'um out…..
I’m convinced that by some fantastic, universal design these two artist were destine to come together and make beautiful music for the world to experience. The progression of the album Barton Hollow is designed in such a way that a grander story is told as one song follows the next. Music isn’t just the vocals, lyrics, melody, etc. it’s a poetic journey through the soul. And The Civil Wars… Well the journey they take us on is one of passion, regret, love, and hate. The Civil Wars have been described as “Refreshing”, “Musical Genius”, and “Provocative”. The one sad note is that their first album has only 12 songs, which forces me (oh twist my arm) to listen to the album over and over again.
I look forward to their second album (soon please!) and seeing them perform live.
Check out their rendition of “Billy Jean” on Youtube.
Special thanks to Asha Goodman!
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