The Civil Wars Speak About Working With Taylor Swift

Joy Williams and John Paul White recently spoke with Speakeasy, a Wall Street Journal Blog, about their rapid rise to success, as well as working with Taylor Swift. The folk duo recently collaborated with Taylor on the hit song “Safe and Sound” which was the first single from The Hunger Games soundtrack.

“What it like working with Taylor Swift on your song together for “The Hunger Games”?

White: How that happened is we were out on the West Coast touring. We had already worked on a song with T Bone Burnett on an original song for that soundtrack. Taylor had become fan and friend of ours and kept in touch. When they found out we were close by and she and T Bone were getting ready to write a song for “The Hunger Games” they decided to give us a call and see if we wanted to do it with them, which worked out pretty well. We went to Los Angeles, went over, and a couple hours later the song was finished, and maybe an hour and a half later we had finished tracking guitars and all the vocals and went out and did our show that night.”

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