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It seemed like things were going swimmingly for country duo The Civil Wars—skyrocketing to fame, winning three Grammys, collaborating with the likes of Taylor Swift—and all coming from their debut album, Barton Hallow. The critically-acclaimed release, which featured the Southern rock stylings of guitarist/vocalist John Paul White and the aching, impressive vocals of Californian Joy Williams, excited hoards of fans. Their chilling live performances, unique chemistry, and level-headed approach to their music even after their success had everyone impatient for their follow up record.
Well, if something seems too good to be true, it’s probably because it is. At least in the case of The Civil Wars, anyway. Eight months ago the two unexpectedly cancelled a slew of European tour dates citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition,” before they eventually put the band on hiatus. Williams also disclosed that she and White were not on speaking terms, further highlighting the severity of the fallout.
While the fate of the band is unknown, their second album is due out soon. The Civil Wars is scheduled to be released on August 6th, and although there’s no word on what the band will be doing to promote the album (doesn’t look like any live tour dates are in their future), there’s still some new music for fans to look forward to. The first single, “The One That Got Away,” has been out for a little while now, and the band has just released a new music video for another track off of the forthcoming The Civil Wars, called “Same Old, Same Old.” The video (available for viewing here) is a simple, quiet little video, accurately reflecting the tensions felt within the band at this time. Although it’s a unique situation surrounding The Civil Wars release, fans can at least be sure that the music being produced has been up to the previous The Civil Wars standards.