The Civil Wars Remain Focused on Barton Hollow

Nashville-Based Duo Win Grammys in Country and Folk Categories

The Civil Wars will focus on their Grammy-winning album, Barton Hollow, for a while longer, rather than preparing a new album, singer Joy Williams tells

Released in January 2011, Barton Hollow won a Grammy on Sunday (Feb. 12) for best folk album, while the title track won a Grammy for best country duo/group performance. They are the duo’s first Grammys.

“We have been really focused on Barton Hollow this last year. But in the meantime we’ve also had a few days here and there where we’ve decided to chase the muse,” Williams said in a phone interview prior to the Grammy Awards.

“We have a handful of songs that we’re really excited about. Barton Hollow, as an album, just continues to grow in momentum so the focus continues to be there. We’re excited about that and the next upcoming months are actually full of international travel for us as we continue to build what we do. It’ll be focused on Barton Hollow for a little bit longer, but we’re mindful of the next record and we’re thinking about it and talking about it all the time,” added Williams, who is in the duo with John Paul White.

The Civil Wars sang a portion of “Barton Hollow” on the Grammy show, then introduced Taylor Swift’s performance of “Mean.” The video for Swift and the Civil Wars’ new single, “Safe & Sound,” will have its world premiere across MTV Networks on Monday night (Feb. 13).

In addition, the duo will appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Monday night. They will also film an episode of Austin City Limits on Feb. 29, just prior to their European tour.