Tuesday, April 5, 2011

VH1 suggests you get to know the Civil Wars

If you were at either of the Civil Wars' Evening Muse shows, be glad. The Nashville duo of John Paul White and Joy Williams sold out the NoDa venue in February and will undoubtedly move on to selling out larger venues given that VH1 has added it to its "You Oughta Know" lineup. The network added its video for "Barton Hollow," the title track from its Top 12 album, into rotation last week after a 10-week run on CMT.

It doesn't seem like there's a lot of crossover between the two networks, but Civil Wars could easily fall into either camp straddling the line between Americana and the adult contemporary pop that VH1 often finds "You Oughta Know"-worthy.

The group formed in 2009 after the two songwriters were paired together in a writing session. Since then a key placement on "Grey's Anatomy" (for its song "Poison & Wine"), live television appearances, spots on NPR, and endorsements from peer-fans Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, and Sara Barreilles have helped spur big iTunes sales.

If you haven't heard the combo yet its "Live from Eddie's Attic" EP is still available for free download on its website.

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