The Common Linnets, who represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, coming in second place, will now also appear in the United States. A self-written Christmas song will feature on the album An Americana Christmas.
The album is made up of sixteen Christmas songs: ten classics and six newly written songs. All sorts of legends of country music appear on the album. Examples are Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Of all sixteen recording artists on the album, The Common Linnets are the only non-American act. The record label, New West Records, says:
Nearly every artist on this compilation has either charted on the Americana Music Charts or received a nomination or award from the Americana Music Association. The Common Linnets, the lone exception, are one of Europe’s biggest Americana acts having sold over 150,000 copies of their debut release across Europe and have contributed a brand new recording.
The Common Linnets wrote a Christmas song especially for the album. It will be called At Christmas Time. The album will be released in about a month’s time, on 14 October.
An American release marks another success for the surprise of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The Dutch formation was a borderline qualifier for the bookmakers, but belonged to the favourites to win after the semifinal. They eventually finished in second place, scoring the best result for The Netherlands since their last victory in 1975. After the contest, their entry Calm After The Storm charted in over ten European countries and the album went triple platina in their home country.