The Civil Wars return late summer with new album

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FILE - This Oct. 14, 2012 file photo shows Joy Williams, left, and John Paul White of The Civil Wars at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Grammy-winning duo  announced the release of a new album on their website Wednesday, May 1, 2013. They posted an image of the new self-titled album's cover along with a pair of handwritten notes from Joy Williams and John Paul White thanking fans for their patience. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, file)
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FILE - This Oct. 14, 2012 file photo shows Joy Williams, left, and John Paul White of The Civil Wars at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Grammy-winning duo announced the release of a new album on their website Wednesday, May 1, 2013. They posted an image of the new self-titled album's cover along with a pair of handwritten notes from Joy Williams and John Paul White thanking fans for their patience. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Civil Wars are returning with a new album.

The duo announced the news on their website Wednesday afternoon. They posted an image of the new self-titled album's cover along with a pair of handwritten notes from Joy Williams and John Paul White thanking fans for their patience.

The album will be released late summer by Columbia Records and is the follow-up to The Civil Wars' debut, "Barton Hollow." That album earned the duo two of their three Grammy Awards and a rapidly growing fan base. But their future together appeared in doubt when they canceled a European tour mid-trip, citing irreconcilable differences.

The album cover is a column of smoke from a fire.

White writes in his note to fans: "Patience is a virtue. Yours has been appreciated."

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Online:

http://thecivilwars.com

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