The Civil Wars: A New Music Discovery

The Civil WarsOut of all the writers at Country Universe, I’m probably the one who is least likely to discover an unsigned artist’s music online and fall in love with it. But thanks to a friend’s shout-out on Facebook, I’ve discovered The Civil Wars, a Nashville-based duo that is nothing short of completely awesome.

My friend linked to their cover of “Billie Jean”, which is charming in its own right, but it was the discovery of their live album that made me fall head over heels for this band. You can download their entire album for free at their website, or by following the link below. Here’s a clip of them singing one of my favorite songs from their album, “Poison & Wine,” which features the memorable chorus “I don’t love you but I always will”:


Honestly, this music is so good that I’m going to have to send them some cash for it, which is also an option. This live album is toward the front of the pack among my favorite albums of 2009. Check it out now so you’re not scratching your head in confusion when you read my Top Ten list this December!


  1. Okay, this is going to force me to admit that I watch Grey’s Anatomy, but I must report that “Poison and Wine” was prominently featured at the end of tonight’s episode. It worked very well and will likely help them get some good exposure, as the music is closely “monitored” on that show.

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