A few months ahead of their debut album coming out in February, The Civil Wars are premiering a gorgeous video for their first single, “Barton Hollow.” When I first heard them do “Barton Hollow” back in March at The Basement, I was struck at how beautifully haunting the song came across with just two voices and a dobro. Hearing it fleshed out with just enough sparse accompaniments to give it even more weight and atmosphere has managed to heighten my anticipation for an album that I was already ridiculously excited about. The video has an impressive southern gothic feel and shooting it in black and white just enhances the somber, mysterious tone of the song. The picturesque shots of the rural landscape, flowing creek and little country church contrast perfectly against the disquieting hole being dug and the dirty hands being washed. Oh yeah, Joy Williams and John Paul White are in there as well, both looking dapper as always. This video not only does an incredible job of complementing the song, it makes me want to crack open “To Kill A Mockingbird” or “Their Eyes Were Watching God” for the umpteenth time and get lost in all of the kudzu and muggy, southern air. That, my friends, is a win-win. The Civil Wars are set to release Barton Hollow on February 1st and needless to say, I’m thankful they made this stunning video to tide me over until then.