TAMPA, Fla. (October 12, 2012) – The historic Tampa Theatre welcomes The Civil Wars in concert on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, presented by the Straz Center.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 15 for Tampa Theatre members and Friday, Oct. 19 for the general public. All seats are $30 at the box office, 711 N. Franklin Street, in downtown Tampa, or $33 online at TampaTheatre.org
In some ways, music doesn’t get much more modest or minimalist than it is in the hands of The Civil Wars, a duo comprised of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They travel without a backup band, and on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, the bare-bones live arrangements that fans hear on the road are fleshed out with just the barest of acoustic accoutrements.
Barton Hollow has been certified RIAA Gold, selling more than 500,000 copies since its February 2011 release. That achievement came the same week the duo was nominated for two CMA Awards for “Vocal Duo of the Year” and “Musical Event of the Year” for their collaboration with Taylor Swift on “Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games soundtrack. The band also recently won “Duo/Group of the Year” at the 2012 Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards.
These latest honors add to an already impressive list of accolades for The Civil Wars, who won “Best Folk Album” and “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” at the 2011 GRAMMY Awards. The band has performed on “Good Morning America,” the “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Austin City Limits,” VH1’s “Unplugged,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and three times on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Having taken a short summer hiatus following the birth of Williams’ son, the duo has resumed touring this fall, including appearances at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Tampa Theatre.
A catapult for the imagination since 1926, the Tampa Theatre is a symbol of our city’s glorious past and bright future. Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved examples of grand movie palace architecture. The Tampa Theatre Foundation’s mission is to preserve the Tampa Theatre as a dynamic cultural institution.