November 7th, 2012
12:44 PM ET

Civil Wars tour canceled over ‘irreconcilable differences’

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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  1. pandaburger

    This band is pretty special, but they lose huge points for canceling mid-tour like this. Really the only reason to justify this behavior would be health related, and it doesn't sound like that's the case here. Total amateur hour; obvious they are much more of a typical quick-rise, pre-fab Nashville brat duo than anyone ever thought. Real entertainers who have paid their dues know better than to flake out on commitments they have made both to their fans and to themselves/each other, especially for petty reasons. There are plenty of other talented artists to patronize who place their careers and their fans first.

    November 26, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. angryersmell

    Apparently this band is a thing.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the_dude

    I thought this was about real "Civil War" tours. Not some lame hipster ripoff band.

    November 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chuck

    Who?? From the headline I assumed this was about guided tours of Civil War battlegrounds and wondered who had the authority to cancel them.

    November 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Milagros

    Thank goodness the war is over. $Irreconcilable$Difference$$$$$ and a severe talent shortage.

    November 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Coach Finstock

    So it's not just a clever name...

    November 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Depends...

    if its good it will not get disposed.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rock

    A woman singer...the music must be awful
    Concession: VERY few women have made any difference in music and certainly none in recent history no matter what record sales may say. Its all disposable music these days.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey, Rock...

      And I'm sure you're just a ray of sunshine. I think you've been miserable since the 80s. Am I right?

      November 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ellen Kowit

    This show should be viewed!

    November 8, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. can we go hide...i'll be home by 4


    November 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |

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