The Civil Wars release their highly anticipated new self-titled album on August 6, on Columbia Records. Pre-order the album here. Below, listen to “Dust To Dust” from the forthcoming album, and watch a behind-the-scenes video capturing the duo in the studio and discussing the album via NPR Music.
The Gallerist, led by Boston native Mike Collins, may just be one of the Philadelphia folk scene’s best kept secrets. The group’s 2011 album, A Falling Waltz, carries itself on songs with lively narrative lyrics and captivating melodies in the same vein of artists like The Civil Wars and The Avett Brothers. It shouldn’t come as a shock that the album was audio mastered by Jeff Lipton, who has worked with Bon Iver and City and Colour. Collins and his bandmates showcase their storytelling magic in tracks like “Washed-Away” and “Crumbs.” Listening to A Falling Waltz is like a conversation with an old friend, and it’s only a matter of time before the band strikes the right note to get noticed past Philadelphia and Boston. Catch the band tomorrow afternoon at One Shot Cafe for a free show at 1:30; more details can be found here. You can stream A Falling Waltz in its entirety here. Below, watch The Gallerist perform their title track from A Falling Waltz.
Congratulations to Adele, Bon Iver, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Booker T, Alison Krauss, and The Civil Wars, who all won Grammys during last night’s awards ceremony. Below, listen to the World Cafe sessions that some of the bands recorded with Cafe host David Dye, as well as Booker T’s full performance at last summer’s XPoNential Music Festival and The Civil Wars’ appearance at last May’s Non-Comm music conference.
Listen to Adele’s World Cafe session here.
Listen to Bon Iver’s World Cafe session here.
Listen to Alison Krauss and Union Station on World Cafehere.
Listen to The Tedeschi Trucks Band here.
Listen to The Civil Wars from last year’s Non-Comm here
Listen to Booker T’s set from last summer’s XPoNential Music Festival here.
A breakout song sets the standard and establishes expectations for a band. In the case of The Civil Wars, “Poison & Wine” is a smoky duet between members Joy Williams and John Paul White about an elusive romantic desire that will never be obtained. Honesty and raw arrangements are staples of The Civil Wars’ debut full-length album, Barton Hollow, but, despite what many might suspect, Williams and White are not at all romantically involved. Instead, they are friends who met in Nashville three years ago and decided to sing about passion, mistakes, and personal experiences. White said about the hit single, “What would you actually say if you had this invisible curtain around you and could just scream it in somebody’s face and they’d actually never hear it? We were all being very painfully honest.” That candor and realism are exactly what listeners can expect from the folk/country duo. The Civil Wars perform with Milo Greene at 7:30 pm at The Trocadero; tickets to the all=ages show are $22. —Caitlyn Grabenstein
Indie-folk duo The Civil Wars have announced a fall headlining tour, set to kick off October 7th in Birmingham, Alabama. The Nashville-based twosome, composed of Joy Williams and John Paul White, will have just completed a stint opening for Adele on her sold-out UK tour. They’ve had an exciting breakout year following the February release of their debut album Barton Hollow, and are showing no signs of slowing down. They had an apparently fantastic performance at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, which can be streamed in its entirety over at NPR. The duo also recorded a World Cafe session back in May, during which they performed three of their standout tracks: “Forget Me Not,” “20 Years,” and hit single “Poison and Wine.” That session is available for streaming here.
The Civil Wars will stop in Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 25th at the Trocadero. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, August 5th at 12 p.m.; they will cost $26.80 (including fees) and can be found here. Below, take a stroll with the Wars through “Forget Me Not.”