Goodbye to The Civil Wars: A Look Back at Their Top 5 Songs
By Sophie Schillaci
Sad news in the music world this week as we officially say goodbye to The Civil Wars.
The beloved folk duo has truly called it quits after going on hiatus in November 2012 over what they called "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition." Nevertheless, their sophomore self-titled album debuted atop the Billboard 200 just months later in 2013.
In a press release issued Tuesday, the Nashville pair bid farewell to their fans and offered up a final song (more on that later).
"I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least," said vocalist Joy Williams. "JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together."
Williams also noted that she will continue to create new music. "I'm excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I've loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon."
For band member John Paul White, there may be a future outside the music industry.
"I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars – from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between," he said. "My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one."
If there's a silver lining in this, it's that The Civil Wars have become a trending topic across the web and their music is perhaps being introduced to new ears. And in that spirit, we at ET have compiled five of the duo's most popular or notable tracks below. Enjoy.
5. Their haunting cover of "You Are My Sunshine," initially featured as a b-side on the pair's Barton Hollow limited edition vinyl, was released Tuesday as a final farewell song. Said Williams: "I sincerely hope that 'You Are My Sunshine' will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years."
4. "Dust to Dust" was featured in the 2013 remake of Carrie during that pivotal prom scene.
3. "I don't love you but I always will," Joy and John Paul croon on the heartbreaking track "Poison & Wine." The video has accumulated an impressive 7.5 million hits on YouTube.
2. The Civil Wars got a boost from Taylor Swift on 2012 The Hunger Games soundtrack, produced and curated by their pal and collaborator T-Bone Burnett. Their song "Safe & Sound" became an instant hit with fans of both artists.
1. One of their biggest hits came in 2010 when "Barton Hollow" reached No. 15 on Billboard's Adult Alternatives Chart. Barton Hollow the album – their first studio full-length – peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.