Just bumped into this duo on, of all places, Paul Krugman’s blog. They are truly gifted and harmonize together as if they were born to follow each others voices up and down musical scales. To get a stronger sense of that, it’s necessary to hear them sing a wide range of songs, and listen to them more than once. Their richness grows on you. It fills empty spaces with the unsaid, with an echo of tradition, a hint of two or three or twenty worlds.
The Civil Wars — Poison and Wine
Joy Williams and John Paul White met in Nashville in 2008, and released their first album in February of this year. She’s from California; he’s from Alabama. Their music is a beautiful conflict of culture and ideas.