Barton Hollow

Barton Hollow

by The Civil Wars


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Joy Williams and John Paul White aren't a couple, but they certainly sound like they're in love, singing together with the sort of familiarity that only seems to exist between couples and siblings. On Barton Hollow, their studio debut as the Civil Wars, the two trace each other's melodies with close harmonies that never fail to lose their romance, even on breakup tunes like "Falling." It's an organic, folk-pop sound not unlike the one made by the Swell Season, another boy/girl duo with a talent for making heartbreaking Americana. If the Civil Wars are America's answer to that band, then "Poison & Wine" is their "Falling Slowly." An aching, gorgeous tribute to a relationship on the rocks, it's one of the few tracks to include more than an acoustic guitar, with some piano and soft drums also making their way into the mix. Even so, the focus remains on the band's vocals, which are easily the best instruments on Barton Hollow. Those who don't like rootsy ballads are in for some slim pickings, since Barton Hollow shines its brightest whenever the tempos slow, the lights dim, and the voices rise up. But the title track, with its outlaw lyrics and swanky Southern groove, is a nice change from the norm, and "I've Got This Friend" finds a balance between both camps. Good stuff.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2013
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888837535229
catalogNumber: 375352
Rank: 6176

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Civil Wars   Primary Artist
Charlie Peacock   Trumpet,Electric Piano
Barry Bales   Acoustic Bass
John Catchings   Cello
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Violin
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Joy Williams   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Bells
Tim Lauer   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,keyboard bass
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin
John Paul White   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)

Technical Credits

Charlie Peacock   Producer,Engineer
Richie Biggs   Engineer
Joy Williams   Composer
John Paul White   Composer
Katie Moore   Packaging

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Barton Hollow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard Barton Hollow on VH1 while my son was watching it one day. I looked all over for this CD and finally came to Barnes and Noble. I am very impressed with the CD. It is awesome! It is a must have.