Produced by Charlie Peacock for Twenty Ten Music and Sensibility Music
After spending the first week of February at #1 on the iTunes album charts, The Civil Wars full length BARTON HOLLOW debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 and captured the #1 position for digital albums over all. Other chart positions are shown in the graphic above.
I blogged last year about the making of the Poison & Wine EP - see posts to refer back to that article. From a production standpoint what continues to make this recording unusual is that it contains performances by the duo, that is, it is a recording of Joy Williams and John Paul singing together while playing the acoustic guitar and sometimes the piano. So in that regard it is a return to an older production style and a departure from cutting a track and putting the vocals on somewhere near the end of the process.
We are all thrilled that people are responding to a recording of people in a room making music together. Not music and lyrics that they're just getting to know, but music they've rehearsed, know, and love.
This project has inspired me like few others. I hope it does you too.
For the record, literally: Joy Williams and John Paul White (vocals) with JPW on acoustic, electric guitars and resonator guitar, Joy on the Hohner organ, piano, and celeste, Tim Lauer supported with more keys. Barry Bales on acoustic bass, Jerry McPherson on electric guitars, J.T. Corenflos with some pickin' on Barton Hollow, Ken Lewis - drums and percussion, David Davidson and John Catchings on violin and cello respectively, Andy Leftwich playing the fiddle and mandolin, and Dan Dugmore on pedal steel. The quiet but ever stout Richie Biggs engineered anything that sounds really great -- anything that pales against Richie's work is something I likely recorded. Richie mixed and then mastered with his old friend Richard Dodd. Oh, and last and least I produced and tried to stay out of the way except when playing trumpet and twisting up the language in order to hear Joy laugh. Press release for your enjoyment, photo of JPW playing my Harmony electric for something, don't know what, and pic of Florida tourist playing the trumpet in my studio, simply random, nothing more.
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For Immediate Release
February 9, 2011
THE CIVIL WARS’ BARTON HOLLOW DEBUTS
AT #12 ON BILLBOARD 200
ITUNES’ #1 ALBUM OF THE WEEK
BILLBOARD’S #1 DIGITAL ALBUM
“The Civil Wars are a bonafide phenomenon.”—KCRW’s Chris Douridas
Barton Hollow, the highly anticipated full-length debut from The Civil Wars, is #12 on the Billboard 200 chart selling 24,676 units in its first week. Last week the Sensibility Music release was featured as iTunes “Single of the Week” helping make it iTunes’ top-selling album last week as well as the #1 album on Billboard’s Digital Album. In addition to this commercial success, the album continues to receive widespread critical praise—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…”
In celebration of the record, the duo is currently in the midst of a nationwide headlining tour including sold-out shows in Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington D.C, New York, Boston and Dallas. Of their live shows, the Birmingham News declares, “….compelling….their voices blend with passion and precision,” while American Songwriter describes, “Williams and White engaged their captive audience and transcended that mystic barrier that so often exists between audience and performer.” See reverse for full tour details.
On January 13, 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 will feature the title track as “Today’s Top Tune.” Moreover, the LA Weekly describes the music as, “…a keen balance between bold production and backwater soul,” while Paste Magazine featured the duo in a “Best of What’s Next” profile. iTunes also named the duo the “Best New Singer-Songwriters” in their “iTunes Rewind 2010.”
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 570,000 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 160,000 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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