Many fans were devastated when The Civil Wars broke up, but this new song from the lady half of the duo, Joy Williams, proves that a good woman definitely doesn't need a man.
The world has gone two long years without The Civil War music but lead female vocalist Joy Williams is here to save the day...but she isn't doing it completely alone.…
Grammy winning duo, The Civil Wars have officially surrendered. Yup. After a year of a "hiatus", Joy Williams and John Paul White have announced they're calling it quits. Back when…
Despite being on an indefinite hiatus, The Civil Wars have debuted a beautiful new song, Between the Bars, which is a remake of an Elliott Smith song. Surprisingly, the warring duo has also…
Country music absolutely thrived this year, and that doesn't include what the mainstream regurgitated out to the masses. No, there will be no Bro-Country records in this "Best Of" piece. In fact, what many of this list's artists are doing is what the mainstream should be doing. When it comes to remarkable storytellers and vocalists, you have to look a lot further than corporate-held radio to get a firm grip on compelling stories of love, loss, heartache and even happiness.
On Friday night, the Grammy nominees for 2014 were announced, and you know who got nominated?
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton that's who!
I know who I will be rooting for this year.
The pair were nominated for their duet of You Can't Make Old Friends from Kenny's album by the same name. According to Wikipedia, this makes Dolly's 46th nomination. If she and Kenny win, this will be her 8th Grammy. Wikipedia doesn't have any fancy list of awards he's won like they do for Dolly, but his page does say that he's won three Grammys over the years.
The Grammy Awards will air on CBS January 26, 2014.
Full nominations list after the jump …
The Civil Wars do dark very well, and they supply that in abundance on
their latest single, 'The One That Got Away'. After a mini-hiatus and
cancelled tour dates last year citing ‘irreconcilable differences’, luckily
that didn’t stop the duo making new music. With haunting, gently strummed
electric guitar, suspense-filled mandolin, and a subtle, unassuming yet catchy
guitar hook, this song toes the line between heavy and the ‘less is more’
However, it isn’t until you really listen to the song that
you really class parts of it as heavy. The duo has largely stuck to their
stripped-back, folky roots, and Joy’s light, wavery vocals are always the icing
on the cake. Juxtaposing the sweet twang of a dobro with a chorus melody worthy
of a big rock song, it subverts what we expect, yet builds with each repetition
of the refrain. Finally, in the third chorus, we are treated to more of a rock
out, but they still hold back. I suspect they do not want to move from their
current musical positioning, although I can imagine they’d do rockier songs
exceptionally well, and I hope to hear more of that from the new album.