Shows: The Civil Wars

by Jennifer Murtha

Usually when bands perform live it can be a huge production… Extra musicians are added, crazy lighting rigs, massive sets with crazy artwork can sometimes distract from the music instead of add to it. The Civil Wars step it down a notch with all the hoopla and put the emphasis on the music by walking on stage accompanied only by a guitar played by part of the songwriting duo. The magical harmonies created by Joy Williams and John Paul White filled the Paramount Theatre and you really forgot that their wasn’t a huge band backing them up.

Making an appearance on the Grammy’s a few weeks ago stirred up some well deserved buzz when they played my favorite song which is the title track from their recent release Barton Hollow. People are quick to label it country but a lot of the songs really feel almost folk like. That is probably due to the mix of musical backgrounds each member brings. The pair shared stories about these differences with the audience and also cleared the air about the common misconception that they are a married couple. Along with some great jokes, the evening was just perfect and the sold out crowd confirmed that quality vocal skills are still appreciated in a world full of auto-tuned artists.

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