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Watch The Civil Wars Perform an Intimate Set at Paste in 2011

Just weeks after the release of the critically acclaimed Barton Hollow, the folk duo performed for Paste.

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In February 2011, folk duo The Civil Wars, with the wonderfully complementing harmonies of Joy Williams and John Paul White, released one of the best folk/Americana albums of the decade, Barton Hollow. The album—which was the first studio album of theirs to be released, following 2009’s Live at Eddie’s Attic, garnered critical acclaim, including Grammy wins in the Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories, on first-time nominations. It made the top 20 of Paste’s Best Albums of 2011 list, and the duo even toured with Adele in both North America and Europe later that year.

Just weeks after Barton Hollow’s release, The Civil Wars visited Paste’s home office in Decatur, Ga., where they performed several songs from the new album including “20 Years,” “My Father’s Father” and “Forget Me Not,” plus a cover of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm,” which would later appear on their 2013 self-titled release. The performance showcases the incredible musical compatibility of Williams and White, as they play off each other’s talents and offer a kind of naked simplicity that is sometimes lost in contemporary folk music. The Civil Wars disbanded in 2014, but you can revisit the entire performance from this day in 2011 below, beginning with the song “My Father’s Father.”

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