This week, fans learned that the folk duo The Civil Wars—who had been on hiatus for two years—had officially called it quits. Joy Williams and John Paul White had both alluded to issues between them for years, but until now, fans had held on to hope for reconciliation.
Sadly after just two (very good) albums, The Civil Wars are no more. Here’s our look back at six of their best songs from a brief—but certainly memorable—career as a duo.
Poison & Wine
The lead single from their debut Poison & Win EP in 2009:
The Grammy-winning hit that garnered them widespread attention in 2011:
Their haunting ode to lost love:
The Civil Wars’ take on the Smashing Pumpkins ‘90s hit:
Dust to Dust
A sad, stirring farewell from their final album released last year:
You Are My Sunshine
A song Joy Williams said is “a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years”:
Jesse Carey is a mainstay on the weekly RELEVANT Podcast and member of RELEVANT's executive board. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two kids.