Barton Hollow CD

2012 Grammy Winner for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. The Civil Wars are nominated for a 2013 Grammy for their collaboration with Taylor Swift ("Safe & Sound") from the Hunger Games soundtrack. There are moments on the Civil Wars' Barton Hollow that recall the mournful balladry of traditional Appalachian folk, as well as more contemporary explorations of heartache by the likes of Buddy and Julie Miller.  Most of all, the duo turns its first full-length release into a sustained ode to the pleasures and torments of love. Singer/songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White offer finely wrought lyrics in settings that suggest both 19th-century parlor music and rougher, rootsier strains.  Poison & Wine serves as the keynote for this set, applying the duo's exquisite vocal harmonies to an aria of romantic martyrdom. Tracks like To Whom It May Concern, Girl With the Red Balloon and Birds of a Feather likewise caress emotional scars with a rueful tenderness.  The album's sonic extremes range from the wailing, blues-drenched tones of the title track to the genteel instrumental ambiance of The Violet Hour.  Throughout, producer Charlie Peacock sparingly surrounds Williams and White with crystalline acoustic guitars, moody pianos, and elegant strings. - iTunes

CD Details

  • Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Record Label: Sensibility Music
  • UPC: 888837535229
  • Number of Discs: 1

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