The Civil Wars are a band on the rise. In 2008, singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White met during a Nashville, Tennessee songwriting session and the result was the birth of the indie folk, alt-country band. In 2009 friend and TV producer Allan Heinberg placed their early single “Poison & Wine” on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, which generated lots of Internet searches. Two days later, the four song EP Poison & Wine was released and then it was selected by iTunes as the “Best of 2010” singer/songwriter album.
The origins of Bon Iver’s debut For Emma, Forever Ago are well documented and revered; his ghostly choirs still sound as cold as the Wisconsin cabin they were recorded in. More recently, he was recruited for Kanye West’s cinematic My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and subsequent live performances. Bon Iver’s first single, “Calgary,” from his upcoming sophomore album has a production style that is more closely aligned with his work with West than those early acoustic recordings.