November 7th, 2012
12:44 PM ET
Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars have announced that they're facing an internal struggle of their own.
The rootsy, neo-country rock duo — which broke out with the beautifully super-sad single “Poison & Wine” from their debut album, “Barton Hollow” — announced Tuesday that they're canceling all upcoming tour dates, effective immediately:
“It is something we deeply regret,” the band said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time.”
Their joint statement may sound reminiscent of a romantic split, but the two singer-songwriters aren't a couple. Their “sincere hope is to have new music” by 2013.
For fans who have already made travel arrangements, don’t worry. Williams and White have said that they'll try and reimburse any non-refundable expenses — just send along a receipt.
Reactions to the announcement have included surprise and sadness, with some fans speculating about the source of the “internal discord." Others were just grateful for the ride thus far.
“I appreciate your honesty, which is part of your overwhelming appeal,” wrote one fan. “Your sound is utterly unique, one that cuts through genre and generations. ... This is a gift.”
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