Ilse DeLange and Waylon, the duo that make up The Common Linnets, have recorded an insightful video interview for Eurovision.TV, in which they share some pointers as to what they will be presenting in Copenhagen next year, for The Netherlands.
The two solo artists, put together for Eurovision, have 32 years of experience between them, and are very eager to express their genre of country music during the questioning. We can be pretty sure of a performance of this genre then, Waylon explaining that they both grew up on country music, and “the biggest influence in our music will be country”. The couple look to distance themselves from the “cowboy hat”, stereotypical country image however, insisting their song will “not be country music as most people know it”, and that this genre is current and popular. They also name a few of their influences, including Fleetwood Mac and Johnny Cash, along with more recent country music icons, like The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons.
To compliment the style, they will be recording their new CD in Nashville, including their Eurovision track, the same location as Bonnie Tyler’s country tinged song from this year for the United Kingdom. In addition, their name, The Common Linnets has a somewhat retro and country ring to it. DeLange goes on to say how she saw a country/folk inspiration in this year’s winning song, Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest, presumably branching from the heavy use of tin whistles, implying country music can be successful in Eurovision.
The Common Linnets will unveil their 70s country based track in March 2014.
Check out the full interview below.[vsw id=”LN7mgE6qSto#t=41″ source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]