The Civil Wars confirm split

Joy Williams and John Paul White both confirm plans to pursue solo careers

The Civil Wars have officially confirmed their decision to split, with both Joy Williams and John Paul White launching solo projects.

Though tensions within the band were well publicised, technically news of of the US country duo’s split was not confirmed until yesterday (August 5). A post on their official website included statements from both Williams and White as well as a free download of ‘You Are My Sunshine’.

“I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least,” Williams wrote. “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 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,” White added. “Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”

The duo, who won two Grammys for their debut album ‘Barton Hollow’ and released their final album ‘The Civil Wars’ in 2013, scrapped a whole UK tour in 2012 following a gig in London, blaming “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” for the cancellation.