John Paul White Plays the Early Show at Mercury Lounge on Monday

October 7th, 2016

Muscle Shoals, Ala., singer-songwriter John Paul White is best known as the guitarist half of the Grammy-winning Americana, country and folk duo the Civil Wars. But when the band imploded in 2012 and then officially broke up two years later at the height of their fame, White (above, doing “What So” live in studio for WFUV FM) took it in stride, running Single Lock Records with Alabama Shakes touring keyboardist Ben Tanner and then returning to his own solo career. A second full-length album, Beulah (stream it below), came out this past August to considerable acclaim: NPR Music called it “a wise, entrancing and meticulous bit of Southern folk” and the Wall Street Journal added that it’s as “if Faulkner had cut a rock album.” White kicks off a brand-new tour today, and he plays the early show at Mercury Lounge on Monday night.