This duo... I cannot listen to a single song without getting chills.... There is a passion in their music that cannot be described unless you listen to their music.
Now I was under the impression that they were a couple, but if you listen to the lyrics of their songs you get a different idea. They are not a couple as I have come to find out, which is fine, but mind blowing to me that two people who are not together can perform with such passion and such crazy tight harmonies.
Their song Poison and Wine was used in an episode of Greys Anatomy and thats when they became more well known. I being behind the times and being one of the few, it seems like, that doesn't watch that show I was a little late to hear their music, I actually first heard it on Jango (a better version of Pandora) the first song that I heard by them was Barton Hollows, which was such a fiery song compared to the other songs they write. I was very drawn to their talent, its more vocally driven than musically driven which is something imo that is rare nowadays, most music now is very digitally enhanced, but you could hear that their music was not at all.
After reading up on them a little bit and watching some of their stuff on YouTube I was surprised to find out that their CD "Live at Eddie's Attic" was only the second time that they had ever preformed together, by the way that CD is free on their website. www.thecivilwars.com
The way they blend and flow is insane to me, its like the same voice is split into a female and a male... odd I know but seriously go listen to them. If you have any appreciation for real talent they will blow your mind.
As far as genre goes, they are considered to be folk/country. Some of their songs do have a twangy sound, and the folk I think really comes from the fact that they only use a piano and a guitar, which they both play. I think it is probably pretty convenient for them, just the two of them, to tour, and by tour I mean get in a car and drive from place to place (OK obviously its a little more then that) but you get my drift.
Bottom line is you need to check out this duo, even if you do not like them, you should still be able to appreciate their music.