Two-tie Grammy Award winning duo, The Civil Wars, graced the Sasquatch main stage late, Saturday afternoon. Opening with “Tip Of My Tongue,” singers Joy Williams and John Paul White got right down to business.
On stage; just the two singers, a few guitars and a keyboard. The duo are known for never playing with a full band, and joked about all the other gear that was on the stage: clearly not theirs. They proceeded to play several songs, including “Forget Me Not” and “From This Valley” which proved to be a crowd favorite. Williams and White teased the crowed with the end of “From This Valley,” stretching their breathy vocals between a long pause and a screaming crowd, before a lengthened exhalation of “love.”
During “I’ve Got This Friend” the audience was swept up in a trance, between a very pregnant but elegantly clad Williams and her Johnny Depp look-alike, White, as the men and then women took turns singing the chorus.
The highlight of the performance was seeing the two perform “Burton Hollow” and “Falling.” The vocals were incredibly haunting, and the chemistry on stage was undeniable. Although often mistaken for a couple themselves, both are married to different people, which is hard to believe with the sexual tension that filled the stage.
The duo performed a cover of Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean” ending with the lyrics “Jack White is not my lover….. yet!” It was quite the humorous performance as both Williams and the entire audience seemed to be laughing the entire time.
“Dance Me to the End of Love” capped off the show. These two have a chemistry that is incredibly irrefutable, and that happened to be at an all time high finishing off the show.
The Civil Wars delivered an overall consistent performance, with vocals that are surely the most pure and authentic of any performance this weekend.