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Folk duo The Civil Wars take on Hunger Games

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Fresh from their double wins at last month's Grammys, Nashville folk/country pair the Civil Wars are taking on one of the most anticipated films and soundtracks of the year.

"The Hunger Games" has broken the record for pre-sale tickets for a non-sequel movie.

The duo are part of the soundtrack filled with a who's who of music talent including Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, and Maroon 5.

Civil Wars' band members Joy Williams and John Paul White say there was no hesitation when asked to be part of the project.

SOUNDBITE: John Paul White, The Civil Wars Band Member, on working on "The Hunger Games" soundtrack, saying (English):

"We were already fans of the trilogy, of the franchise, so it was an easy 'yes' for us."

The pair have recorded two songs for the album "Kingdom Come" and "Safe & Sound", a collaboration with country darling Taylor Swift.

2011 was a big year for the duo, who exploded onto the US music scene with their album "Barton Hollow".

The Civil Wars caught the attention of British singer Adele who tweeted that they were her favourite band, and asked them to join her on tour.

SOUNDBITE: The Civil Wars Band Member John Paul White, On Touring with Adele, jokingly saying (English):

"It was a good move on her part."

WILLIAMS, SAYING: "I think so. I mean she has just not been selling records."

WHITE, SAYING: "I mean, she tours with us, six Grammys, need I say more?"

The Civil Wars have had to push back their European tour to autumn after an illness in one of their families.

The band say they're adamant they will not cancel, but family takes precedence.

Williams' own family is expanding with the singer expecting her first child in June.

For now, The Civil Wars are beginning to be a household name and it doesn't hurt that White looks remarkably similar to Johnny Depp.

SOUNDBITE: John Paul White, The Civil Wars singer/guitarist, saying:

"We have a running joke that we know we'll made it when someone tells him that he looks like me."

Cindy Martin, Reuters