The ex-Civil Wars singer explains how a Twitter friendship with Cameron Crowe led to her acting debut.

In one breath, Joy Williams is talking about getting back to basics, and in the next, she’s discussing dramatically expanding her horizons. But if that sounds as if she’s having a one-woman civil war, Williams isn’t as conflicted as that might seem at first, since her conflicting approaches are in two different media.

On July 22, she'll release Venus Acoustic, which takes a selection of songs from her electronically focused 2015 Venus album and presents them in a stripped-down format that will seem familiar to fans of her former duo, the Civil Wars. It also includes two previously unheard songs, including “Someone to Love You,” which premieres on Billboard today.

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