Grammy Award-winning folk duo the Civil Wars announced an official break-up through press release today.
The relationship between Joy Williams and John Paul White had been rocky for the past few years, and the duo went on an indefinite hiatus in late 2012. Last year, Williams opened up about the turbulent status of the band.
“John Paul and I aren’t speaking right now but to me that doesn’t determine the outcome of the band because if we’re not speaking we can’t determine the outcome of the band at this moment,” she told The Associated Press.
But now, official word has come that the Civil Wars have parted ways.
“I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together,” Williams said in a statement.
“I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between,” White added. “My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”
As something of a parting gift, the duo has shared their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” for download via their website. The track, which previously appeared on the band’s Barton Hollow 7-inch, serves as a bitter-sweet bookend to a brief but illustrious career. Stream the track below and check out video of the Civil Wars performing at Paste’s Stage on Sixth during SXSW in 2011.