This morning Joy Williams and John Paul White, aka The Civil Wars, have
announced their decision to permanently disband the group. The Civil Wars had previously
been on hiatus since late 2012
As a parting gift, the Americana duo have shared streaming and downloadable audio of "You
Are My Sunshine," which marks the first time the song has been available digitally in the
U.S. Recorded in 2010, the track was originally released in 2011 as a b-side to the band’s
limited edition Barton Hollow 7” vinyl.
“I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a
tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create
together. I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my
gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so
thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am
writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in
the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon,” Joy
Williams wrote in a press release announcing the breakup for the band.
John Paul added, “I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc
of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep
appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever
shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”
The Grammy-winning folk duo won four Grammy Awards between 2012 and 2014.