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The Civil Wars’ exclusive live digital EP, iTunes Live: SXSW, is #1 on iTunes’ Singer Songwriter chart and #16 on iTunes’ overall Albums chart. This success is just the latest achievement for the break-out duo, whose full-length record, Barton Hollow, debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on iTunes’ overall Albums chart earlier this year (Sensibility Music). In celebration of the record, the duo continues to tour nationwide, including sold-out shows in Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington D.C, New York, Boston and Dallas. Additionally, the duo recently made their SXSW debut, performing at numerous events, including parties for fashion designer Billy Reid & American Songwriter, IFC, CNN, Paste Magazine and Rachael Ray. Of their festival appearance, American Songwriter declares, “…an organic, atmospheric set of songs that butterfly net the range of desire, decay of same and devastation, are everything American Songwriter stands for.”

In January, the acclaimed duo made their network television debut, performing “Barton Hollow” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Consequently, the single reached #1 on iTunes’ singer-songwriter chart and their 2009 EP, Poison & Wine, reached #31 overall. Additionally, the album has received critical notice from tastemaker radio station KCRW, who featured the title track as “Today’s Top Tune.” Moreover, USA Today heralds, “together, John Paul White and Joy Williams are musical soul mates…with their playful banter and exquisite harmonies, they create music that is as haunting as a nocturne, soothing as a lullaby,” while the New York Post declares, “…a grand album with less. This indie-folk record is an acoustic study of love…”

Barton Hollow was recorded in Nashville and was produced by Grammy-award winning producer Charlie Peacock. The 12-track album comes on the heels of a breakout year for the duo, whose remarkably successful live album has been downloaded over 130,000 times. Additionally, their 2009 four song EP, Poison & Wine, debuted at #4 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Top Albums chart. The EP’s title track and first single was played in full on “Grey’s Anatomy” and its accompanying music video has been viewed over 740,000 times on YouTube. Of the song, Stereo Subversion declares, “…your ears are immediately gripped by a haunting sound both simple and pristine…breathtaking.” The music video for the first single and title track from the new record was released in November and has already been viewed over 270,000 times.

The Civil Wars consists of John Paul White, hailing from Florence, AL and Joy Williams, originally from Santa Cruz, CA, but now residing in East Nashville. The duo’s chance meeting a year and a half ago fueled an immediate songwriting chemistry and creative synergy. Their second show ever, performed at a sold out Eddie’s Attic, was recorded and released as a free digital album. Of the duo, Reg’s Coffee House host, Scott Register, praises, “In my 13 years on the radio, few of the artists I’ve championed had as immediate a reaction as The Civil Wars. This band has the ‘it’ factor that you look for. Don’t miss out.”

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