As one half of The Civil Wars, John Paul White shared in four Grammy Award wins — including for Best Country Duo/Group and Best Folk Album — between 2012 and 2014 with his now former musical partner, Joy Williams.
It is still unclear why the duo, which was managed by Williams’ husband, split up. But both White and Williams subsequently resumed their solo careers, and he is now on tour to promote his absorbing new album, “The Hurting Kind.”
The 10-song collection draws its inspiration from Nashville’s 1960s “countrypolitan” era, when lushly orchestrated albums were the order of the day.
Happily, White’s incisive songwriting and deeply felt vocals would stand out in any decade. And when he channels the great Roy Orbison on the aching ballads “Yesterday’s Love” and “You Lost Me,” time almost stands still.
John Paul White, with The Prescriptions
8 p.m. Wednesday. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $20-$35. (858) 481-8140. bellyup.com