The Civil Wars - Texas Union Ballroom, 07/12/11
I don’t have any pictures or video from this show, and I’m a little sad about that, ‘cause it was in a really lovely, intimate setting. However, I’ve got a ton of images and sounds etched in my mind to remind me of the amazingness I witnessed tonight.
The Civil Wars are Joy Williams and John Paul White. That’s it. No other musicians on stage, just them, a couple of guitars, a keyboard, and their astonishingly beautiful voices. Voices that soared and dipped, always in perfect harmony, adding extra poignancy or intensity to every song they played.
I can’t begin to describe how beautiful they sounded tonight. Their voices blend perfectly and every song met or exceeded the recorded version. The room was perfect for the show; small, with excellent acoustics that allowed you to hear their vocalizing even when they turned away from the microphones. Each song was brought to life by their performances and their onstage chemistry… A song that was simply beautiful to me on the album, like Falling, was downright heartbreaking live. They also have great stage presence, laughing and joking with each other and the audience throughout the show.
If you still haven’t heard their album, I really urge you to give them a try. I think their appeal is pretty close to universal. And if you ever get the chance to see them live, GO.