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The Civil Wars are southern gothic

EmmaHartley 22 Sep 11 - 12:03 PM
michaelr 22 Sep 11 - 08:13 PM
EmmaHartley 23 Sep 11 - 11:16 AM
michaelr 23 Sep 11 - 03:25 PM
GUEST,BigDaddy 24 Sep 11 - 03:48 PM
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Subject: The Civil Wars are southern gothic
From: EmmaHartley
Date: 22 Sep 11 - 12:03 PM

http://theglamourcave.blogspot.com/2011/09/waging-civil-wars.html

How to organise a sell-out tour of the UK before you've physically released your first album here. Alt-folk 101.


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Subject: RE: The Civil Wars are southern gothic
From: michaelr
Date: 22 Sep 11 - 08:13 PM

That song "Poison and Wine" gives me chills. Great harmonizing!


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Subject: RE: The Civil Wars are southern gothic
From: EmmaHartley
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 11:16 AM

I know! D'you see what I mean about there being something quite dark about them though?


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Subject: RE: The Civil Wars are southern gothic
From: michaelr
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 03:25 PM

Certainly in that song; I haven't heard much else from them.

Having lived there for some years, I can say there's definitely something quite dark about the (US) South.


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Subject: RE: The Civil Wars are southern gothic
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 03:48 PM

I first hear this duo a couple of weeks ago. They are, from what I've seen and heard so far, much more interesting than most of the current crop of "country music" performers. As far as there being something "dark" about the south, that would probably make a good topic for a separate thread sometime. I think I might argue that it's not really "dark," but more varied and complex than many other regions. More textured. Unlike many other regions of our country, life is old there, as a song once said. And the American South has two primary, distinct divisions that much of the country is unaware of: The south of the mountain people of southern Appalachia is quite different from the lowland south of magnolias, live oak trees and plantations. Anyway, give the Civil Wars a listen.


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Subject: RE: The Civil Wars are southern gothic
From: michaelr
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 12:09 AM

I was living in Georgia (not part of the Appalachians), and I found that under the much-vaunted Southern hospitality there flows a barely-concealed undercurrent of menace and violence. You may call it "more textured", but to me it felt quite vicious. I was glad to get away from there.


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Subject: RE: The Civil Wars are southern gothic
From: Little Hawk
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 01:18 AM

Seems like pretty good music to me.


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Subject: RE: The Civil Wars are southern gothic
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 03:22 AM

Give a listen (and a look) to the live version of "From This Valley" on YouTube. Wow. To michaelr, I travel extensively throughout the south and find way more hospitality than hostility. Like the blind men describing the elephant, however, we both could be correct.


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