Another Excellent Tiny Desk Concert: John Paul White (Formerly of the Civil Wars)

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Bob Boilen | November 14, 2016 - I wasn’t alone in patiently waiting for new music from John Paul White. His singing and songwriting as half of The Civil Wars was heartfelt and beautiful. This summer, a new album finally came, and Beulah was a quietly understated gem. This is tender Southern music without drawl or pretense, and I love it. White kicks off his Tiny Desk concert with Beulah’s opening track, “Black Leaf.” It’s a song about loss of love, with this killer line:

“Those old butterflies, they haven’t died
‘Cause they’re eating me alive in there”

After his solo entrance in “Black Leaf,” White is joined by Kelli Jones-Savoy on violin and Adam Morrow on guitar for more tunes from Beulah. White recorded these songs originally in Muscle Shoals, Ala., at the well-known FAME Studios, as well as at his own Single Lock Studios. Here at the Tiny Desk, they take on a new life of their own with new arrangements.

Beulah is available now:
iTunes: itunes.apple.com
Amazon: amazon.com

SET LIST:
“Black Leaf”
“Hate The Way You Love Me”
“What’s So”

MUSICIANS:
John Paul White (vocals/guitar); Kelli Jones-Savoy (violin); Adam Morrow (guitar).

CREDITS:
Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Nicole Boliaux; Production Assistant: Anna Marketti; Photo: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR.

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