FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, John Paul White and Joy Williams of The Civil Wars perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, in Austin, Texas. Williams said Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in a Twitter chat that she's been listening to new music, a sign that the Grammy-winning duo who ended their recent European tour due to 'irreconcilable differences' may release a new album in 2013. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - While there still remain questions about the future of The Civil Wars, there's new music on the way.
Joy Williams, one half of the Grammy Award-winning duo with John Paul White, said Thursday during a Twitter chat that she was in the studio listening to new Civil Wars songs.
It's a tantalizing clue to the future of the group, which appeared in doubt when a European tour unraveled last month due to "irreconcilable differences."
At the time, the duo said it hoped to release an album in 2013. It's not clear if Williams was referring Thursday to music for a new album or for a documentary score they have composed with T Bone Burnett. They're also set to release an "Unplugged" session on iTunes on Jan. 15.
Nate Yetton, the group's manager and Williams' husband, had no comment - though he has supplied a few hints of his own by posting pictures of recording sessions on his Instagram account recently. The duo announced last summer it would be working with Charlie Peacock, who produced its gold-selling debut "Barton Hollow." The photos do not show Williams or White, but one includes violin player Odessa Rose.
Rose says in an Instagram post: "Playing on the new Civil Wars record... Beautiful sounds."
Even with its future in doubt, the duo continues to gather accolades. Williams and White are up for a Golden Globe on Jan. 13, and two Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, for their "The Hunger Games" soundtrack collaboration "Safe & Sound" with Taylor Swift.
Williams' comments came during an installment of an artist interview series with Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy sponsored by The Recording Academy.