Joy Williams & John Paul White on stage at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.
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How do you celebrate a meteoric rise to the top and a HUGE 2011? If you're the duo known as The Civil Wars, you head to the Boulder Theater to tape eTown and cover Micheal Jackson. Also in eTown this weekend, multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz. Tune in Sat @ 3!
The Civil Wars took to the stage Sunday during the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
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The 21st Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival ran August 19th - 21st. This year's festival was sold out and featured the likes of Brandi Carlile, The Civil Wars, Martin Sexton, Bob Weir, Jackson Browne and more. If you missed it, then you need to see these pictures!
I was shocked to learn that The Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White were married, but not to each other: There's blissful, swooning chemistry as they stare into each other's eyes and sing magnificently together. For a moment, I almost felt duped, and then I remembered what I'd heard and all was set right again.
John Paul White and Joy Williams hail from very different parts of the country (Alabama and California, respectively), and both are free spirits when it comes to their solo music careers. But when the two crossed paths at a songwriting camp in Nashville, the rest, as they say, is history. Both knew that they had some special collaborative magic, and they've managed to mix their songwriting styles into something truly moving.
When The Civil Wars' song "Poison and Wine" debuted at the end of an episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, it set off a flurry of activity. Viewers scrambled to the Internet to find out more about John Paul White and Joy Williams' band.
More than half a million people have watched the YouTube video for the song — which almost didn't make it to the Web in time.
White says the duo found out the show was going to use the song only four days ahead of time.