The Civil Wars' interpersonal war

Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars perform during the 54th annual Grammy Awards. (Matt Sayles/AP Photo)

Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars perform during the 54th annual Grammy Awards. (Matt Sayles/AP Photo)

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With 2011's Barton Hollow, the Civil Wars had the debut that every band wants - chart-climbing success, critical acclaim and a couple of Grammy wins.

But the folk duo, consisting of Joy Williams and John Paul White, has since fallen into a state of disrepair. Set to release their second, self-titled album this week, the pair is no longer on speaking terms and has no plans to tour for the foreseeable future.


Williams returns to Studio Q to tell guest host Stephen Quinn about how her troubled relationship with White fueled the new material and where the band will go from here.

Speaking about the recording process, Williams says it's a "miracle" the album was finished. Despite the strong musical communication between herself and White in the studio, she remembers: "He was inches away but I felt like I needed a telescope to find him sometimes."

Watch the duo perform the title track from Barton Hollow in Studio Q, which originally aired on May 3, 2012.

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