Those who don’t know folk duo the Civil Wars — or simply know them as friends of Taylor Swift — may be changing their tune soon. The year that’s followed the self-release of their debut album, “Barton Hollow,” has been a big one, but it’s only getting bigger for the Nashville singer-songwriters, thanks to the “The Hunger Games” soundtrack and the Grammys.
At last night’s (Feb. 12) ceremony, the Civil Wars took home awards for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance, as well as performed part of their song “Barton Hollow” before introducing Swift’s performance. On the red carpet before the Grammys kicked off, the alt-country duo — comprised of Joy Williams and John Paul White — expressed their gratitude toward Swift, “The Hunger Games” (and the force behind its soundtrack, legendary producer T Bone Burnett), and the night’s big winner, Adele, whom they say has been very supportive of their music. Watch our red carpet interview below.
Of “Safe & Sound,” their “Hunger Games” soundtrack single with Swift, they noted that the song was knocked out over the course of just four hours. “You don’t say no when T Bone calls,” Williams added of the collab. Meanwhile, White joked of Taylor, “We told her to stop using us to further her career.”