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The Civil Wars to Release New Album in Summer

Columbia Records will release the Civil Wars' follow-up to their debut, "Barton Hollow," the 2011 album that earned them two Grammys, in late summer.

Columbia Records will release the Civil Wars’ follow-up to their debut, “Barton Hollow,” the 2011 album that earned them two Grammys, in late summer.

The Civil Wars, Joy Williams and John Paul White, had finished the album prior to splitting up in November over “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” 

The duo announced the new, self-titled album on their website by thanking fans for their patience.

“I am fiercely proud of this album,” Williams wrote. “A lot of soul sweat and tears went into its creation. I hope you feel the heart in each song, that it might connect with yours. We are, each one of us, all journeying, learning and growing along this ever-evolving path.”

White’s message was much shorter. “Patience is a virtue. Yours has been appreciated. Here’s to the hope you consider it rewarded.”

Earlier this year, industry sources told Billboard the duo was shopping the completed album, but would not reunite except for a few high-profile promotional appearances. Without a tour, one label representative said, the price tag was too steep to consider for pickup.

The Civil Wars released “Barton Hollow” through their own Sensibility Music label, which has sold 596,000 copies to date, according to SoundScan. Their other recorded output includes an iTunes-only “Unplugged” album, the score to the documentary “A Place at the Table” and “Safe and Sound,” their collaboration with Taylor Swift that won them a third Grammy.

In January, White attended the Sundance Film Festival to help promote the film “Muscle Shoals,” a documentary on the studios from the area where he grew up, Florence, Ala. With nothing to add about the Civil Wars split, he said his next artistic project was “remodeling the kitchen in his home.”