John Paul White and Joy Williams, The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars is officially over.
The folk duo – made up of Joy Williams, 31, and John Paul White – announced their formal decision to split on Tuesday.
They had been on an indefinite hiatus since 2012, when they canceled a European fall tour, citing "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition," reports Rolling Stone
. (Their second album, The Civil Wars
, was released last summer and debuted at the top
of the charts.)
"I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least," Williams said in a statement. "JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together."
She added: "Looking ahead, I'm excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I've loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon."
For his part, White thanked the band's fans.
"My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music," he said. "Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”
As a parting gift, the duo released a digital download version of "You Are My Sunshine," which was recorded in 2010 and originally recorded as a B side to the band's limited-edition Barton Hollow 7" vinyl. This is the first time the track has been made available digitally in the U.S.