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Court Yard Hounds announce new disc for July

Friday, May 31, 2013 – Two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks - aka Court Yard Hounds - announced this morning the duo will release a new album in July.

Emily Robison and Martie Maguire announced via Facebook, "We're excited to announce our new album, "Amelita" is out July 16th on Columbia Records! We'll have a lot more info to share with you next week!"

The sister released their debut under Court Yard Hounds moniker on May 4, 2010 and toured behind the disc. They released three singles, but none charted.

The third member of the Chicks, lead singer Natalie Maines, released her solo debut, "Mother," earlier this month. The disc veers more towards rock and is not country.

The Chicks have not released an album since "Taking the Long Way" in 2006. The group will do four dates in Canada in July.

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Amelita CD review - Amelita
With The Dixie Chicks seemingly on recording hiatus, this has been a productive year for the trio in other configurations. For sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, that translates into the second volume of the California sunshine pop sounds under the moniker The Court Yard Hounds three years after its debut. And once again, Maguire and Robison know a thing or two about sisterly harmonies, bright sounding songs and a few twists and turns. This isn't a straight-ahead country disc »»»
Court Yard Hounds CD review - Court Yard Hounds
With their main gig - the Dixie Chicks - on an extended recording hiatus, sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire decided to get together to form this duo and put out some quality music. Think of Sheryl Crow, and you have a pretty good idea of what the Court Yard Hounds sound like. There is a brightness from the generally simple, laid-back production of the sisters and Jim Scott. The Hounds' sound is not something you'd find on a Chicks' disc. The material comes as being more of »»»
Taking the Long Way CD review - Taking the Long Way
Much has changed on the musical landscape for the Dixie Chicks since the Incident in London three years ago when lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush on the eve of the Iraq war. The trio lost its standing on the country radio scene; their albums were burned, and they received death threats.But Emily Robison, Martie Maguire and Maines do not backpedal on these 14 songs. They, instead, address the issues that have faced them head on time and again. "Not Ready to Make Nice" maintains »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Time makes a difference for Striking Matches – What a difference four months makes. When the duo Striking Matches debuted in Boston in late May, Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis capably showed off their skills, but somehow it felt like a lot of songs fell just a bit short. Davis and Zimmerman tended to cut a lot of songs abruptly, never letting them breath enough or fleshing them out.... »»»
Concert Review: Home Free sings out – Home Free, the Minnesota-based a capella quintet that first caught the nation's attention by winning the fourth season of NBC's reality competition The Sing-Off in 2013, is one of the most talented and unique acts in modern country music. The question has always been whether or not the group and their all-vocal style, which includes the... »»»
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