Grey's Anatomy episode; they recorded a couple of EPs that got noticed (Taylor Swift mentioned them in a tweet); they appeared on The Tonight Show, All Things Considered, and A Prairie Home Companion; and their debut full-length album, Barton Hollow, hit the Billboard top fifteen. Here in town they sold out the Ark last spring and are back for a return engagement at the Michigan Theater on November 2. "Poison & Wine" was a terrific song, with complexities unfolding in multiple dimensions from its opening line, White's "You only know what I want you to." "I know everything you don't want me to," Williams answers, and a couple's mix of connectedness and tension is explored not only in the lyrics but in the two singers' harmonies, seductive yet full of daring cla..."/>
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Beyond the ideas and the harmonies, the Civil Wars sweat the small details and get a lot out of a very few sonic elements. The engineering of their recordings results in startling vocal detail, and their live show should be one of the few in which performers, emotionally and technically, draw listeners into a closed, intimate world. The Civil Wars are the hot act in folk music for the moment, for good reason.    (end of article)

[Originally published in November, 2011.]

 

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