Finally the time has come for me to write about one of my favourite duo’s, The Civil Wars. The Civil Wars is the combined power of Jow Williams and John Paul White. They met at a songwriting session in Nashville, Tennessee.
” We met in 2008 at what, in Nashville, is known as a “writing camp”, a gathering of songwriters for the purpose of writing radio singles for a band that didn’t even have a name at that point. I thought it was going to be a waste of time, but my publisher wanted me to go, so I said OK. It was literally a drawing of straws to see which songwriters would be put into which room together, and by the time I got there the straws had been drawn. I was like, “OK, I’m going into this room with somebody named John Paul White.” I had no idea what I was walking in to. After about half an hour of getting-to-know-yous, he started plucking at the guitar. In Nashville, it’s not uncommon to harmonise with someone but what was strange was that when he started singing it was like I knew where he was going to go before he went there – it tightened my stomach and made me pay attention. “
This natural feeling for harmony is what’s so great about The Civil Wars. Their voices blend in together like peanutbutter and jelly, coffee and a cigarette, a match made in heaven and they do it with so much ease. The Civil Wars is most likely one of the greatest duo’s I know. Just take a look at this cover, a great example of the great harmonies and fun they have on stage. Don’t forget to buy their album right HERE.