03 June 2013

BOOTLEG: The Civil Wars, One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, July 8, 2011

In honor of the impending cover reveal for THE REVELATIONS OF PRESTON BLACK, I've decided to post a little music from a duo that really helped shape the way I saw Katy and Preston when I was writing the novel. (Give Joy a fiddle and plug John Paul into an old Fender Twin and you see where I'm going with this.)

One of the things that always immediately got me with The Civil Wars was the way they completely filled a song's aural space with just vocal harmonies and a guitar.  They put a show together using an amazing variety of tonal textures and tempos, mixing originals and covers so fluidly you'd swear each song was their own. The end result is nothing short of amazing, and I'll always regret never having been able to see a show live.

Oh, yeah. They broke up some time after completing their self-titled second studio album, to be released later this year. With a name like 'The Civil Wars' I guess we should've seen it coming.


  1. When reading the book this is who kept coming to mind. Now I know why. I adore them. Thanks for sharing this.

    Can't wait for the new book. I sure hope Katy is okay...

  2. Let us just say that Miss Katy is going to experience some... challenges. Yeah, that's it. Challenges.