Cayamo: The Civil Wars

John Paul White and Joy Williams have been one of the most buzzed about acts on Cayamo. As the cruise began, these quickly rising stars were on everyone’s radar. And despite John Paul being seasick, causing one of their sets to be postponed, The Civil Wars certainly lived up to the hype.

The stars really must’ve aligned when these two artists met. Their voices are made for each other. Flawless harmonies ebb and flow in perfect sync and they both seem to really FEEL the music. Joy especially moves with every note…a playful dance that can really cast a spell on the audience. There’s something theatrical about this duo…I was surprised to see them wear the exact same clothes for all three performances – a kind of costume I suppose.

Add to their polished delivery a simply charming stage presence with delighful banter, and The Civil Wars are a must see. I caught all three of their performances and enjoyed songs from their debut album Barton Hollow as well as uniquely rendered covers…incluing Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love”, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, and my favorite – “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5.

The two expressed nothing but gratitude for having been invited on the ship and said they’d love to come back and perform again. John Paul promised he’d take plenty of Dramamine next year.

The Civil Wars



Filed under Cayamo 2012, LIVE music

4 responses to “Cayamo: The Civil Wars

  1. Rick

    Didn’t you find it a bit unsettling how much she smiled and smiled and smiled and looked at him constantly all through the set. I mean it was nice to see how engaged she was in the songs but that constant smiling was really weird. Can’t think of another performer in history who smiles like that. I had seen them twice doing a song on the late night TV shows and I had noticed her personal style of swinging her arms when not singing but it really creeped me out to sit through their whole set with all that smiling. I was in the front row and I felt really uncomnfortable trying not to show them a facial expression to expose my uneasyness. Still I like their CD which I have had for about a year now and their harmonies were really excellent and their voices blend extremely well. I am going to listen to the CD again this weekend because I did like a couple of the songs they sang much more than I had previously listening to the CD. Maybe all that smiling will come across on a Utube video someone will post from the cruise if you didn’t notice it.

  2. I wasn’t bothered by it, but there was probably quite the difference between sitting up in the balcony (where I was) and sitting in the front row! My boyfriend was a little bit bothered by her, but I definitely enjoy her stage presence (at least from a distance ;)

  3. Brian

    They also covered Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm” (the song with the lyric “the killer in me is the killer in you”)

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