The Civil Wars are my favorite pop group of the moment right now, ever since shortly after their record Barton Hollow was released. It is true there are tens of favored artists in the second spot, but The Civil Wars take the pride of place.
They play, to me, mountain soul music. The intensity of their melancholia and the spike of their all-tangled-up erotic power is fit without any cotton candy margins at all. Two great voices, acoustic guitar and three chords. And, you have to throw away assumptions about how they pull it off when you discover both are married to other people.
A new record is due after Joy Williams and John Paul White navigated some bumps in the road. Thank you very much.
bonus: Live at Amoeba