Tuesday afternoon saw a whirlwind of activity in the camp of acclaimed duo The Civil Wars. The group posted the following on their Facebook page:
“We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.”
In somewhat of an unusual move, the duo went on to say “We understand that there are many of you stuck with service charges and travel reservations due to our abrupt cancellations. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are costs incurred that you would like to be reimbursed for, include a scan or attachment to your receipt(s) of the costs, and we will do our best to reimburse you for non-refundable charges.”
The announcement is a strange twist in a career that has become one of the fastest growing in music. Comprised of Joy Williams and John Paul White, the act received a pair of nominations in last week’s 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards – Vocal Duo, as well as Musical Event of the Year with Taylor Swift for “Safe and Sound” from the soundtrack of “The Hunger Games.”
The two met in 2008 at a Nashville songwriter session, and released their first full-length album, “Barton Hollow,” in 2011. At last year’s Grammy Awards, the duo netted trophies for Best Country Duo / Group Performance and Best Folk Album. Just last month, the group’s 2009 track “If I Didn’t Know Better” was featured in the first episode of ABC’s “Nashville.”
The dates that have been canceled include the rest of their European tour, as well as a 2013 jaunt into Australia and New Zealand.
Reps for the band could not be reached for comment at press time.