The Civil Wars
Go ahead and add Opry debut to this duo’s 2011 checklist.
Among many other accomplishments, The Civil Wars stepped onto the Ryman Auditorium stage to perform on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time alongside Ella Mae Bowen and Opry member Emmylou Harris.
The duo, made up of California native Joy Williams and Alabama born John Paul White, travel without a backup band, fleshed out their sounds on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, with only acoustic instruments, is nominated for two GRAMMY awards – and the list goes on.
Their signature song “Poison and Wine” was featured on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, and according to the group, it’s also a declaration of the group’s name.
“‘Poison & Wine’ fits the paradigm of subject matter too true to be spoken, as opposed to sung. That song probably does sum us up – The Civil Wars, the name of the band – as well as any song that we’ve written,” White says on their site. “It’s the one song on the album with an outside collaborator, their friend Chris Lindsey. ‘We’re all married, and we were talking about the good, the bad and the ugly, and just felt like: What would you say to someone if you were actually brutally honest – the things that you could never say because it would turn them away or let the cat out of the bag or reveal yourself to be weaker? What would you actually say if you had this invisible curtain around you and could just scream it in somebody’s face and they’d actually never hear it? We were all being painfully honest, because we’re all very comfortable around each other and know that things like that never leave the room, except in a song. I’m pretty proud of that song, to be honest.”
Here’s the duo’s music video for the song:
— Joy Williams (@joywilliams) December 18, 2011
Ella Mae Bowen
Everybody cut loose! Ella Mae Bowen, featured on the new “Footloose” soundtrack and in the re-make of the movie for her version of the classic song “Holding Out For A Hero,” is working on her debut album with Big Machine Records at just 15 years old. And she just made her Opry debut on December 17 alongside The Civil Wars and Emmylou Harris.
She’s a South Carolina native, has been performing at various venues and shows since she was seven years old, has been around music her entire life, is currently finding her place in the industry, and promoting her debut song for Footloose.