The Civil Wars Announce “Permanent Split”

Posted Tuesday August 5, 2014 1:55 PM GMT

It’s been a long time coming, and despite the hopeful prayers of their fans, The Civil Wars is a band no longer.

Joy Williams and John Paul White announced the news today (August 5), though they’ve been on indefinite hiatus since 2012 due to “internal discord and irreconcilable difference of ambition.”

Ms. Williams, who has been pretty vocal about everything up to this point, explained, "I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together."

"Looking ahead, I'm excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I've loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon."

And as has been his custom, White completely neglected to mention his music-making mate.

"My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”

Furthermore, The Civil Wars is offering up a free download of “You Are My Sunshine,” the B-side to their 2010 “Barton Hollow” 7” vinyl release.

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