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Continued: Joy Williams says if you want to know more about The Civil Wars listen to 'The Civil Wars'

  • Article by: CHRIS TALBOTT , AP Music Writer
  • Last update: July 8, 2013 - 9:30 AM

"I think for me, not to get too philosophical, it's not really about being together" as a group, Yetton said. "It's about being together and being able to be present where you are and enjoy what you have. And I think that's something I really want to speak about that I've become really passionate about as a young 30-something, is that ambition can be incredibly suffocating sometimes."

The duo's hiatus shouldn't really come as a surprise. One of the great rock 'n' roll truisms is that most groups break up. For duos, it's even harder to keep things together.

"A band is the most volatile thing that you can get involved with," Peacock said. "I swore 20 years ago that I'd never produce another band, and this is kind of par for the course."

As with their music, White's voice is a critical part of the duo's real-life story. Without it, something important is missing. After the hiatus began, Peacock became something of a musical go-between and White has not spoken publicly about the album.

"John Paul does not want to talk, but he is very proud of the record," Peacock said. "John Paul is a serious artist. I can guarantee you that this record would not be coming out if he were not proud of it."

Peacock calls speculation that White was not involved in completion of the album "absurd," as is much of the speculation over how the tour ended. Williams says out-of-line musing on the Internet has been among the most difficult things to deal with in an already tough situation.

"I have been more hurt by some of the things that people have said than I ever knew was possible..." Williams said as she wiped away tears. "All I can do is just be myself and be vulnerable and sit here and talk to you. And so on some level let people think what they think. All I can do is move forward, and that's what I'm doing. This is part of life. Sometimes that's what I think people miss. This isn't some marketing ploy to make things more interesting for a second album. This is my life, and my life is on this album. And if you want to know what happened to the band, listen to the album."

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