Court Yard Hounds return
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – The Court Yard Hounds - the duo of Dixie Chicks and sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire - release its second disc, "Amelita." The duo had a hand in writing almost all of the songs and they produced the disc along with Jim Scott, who worked with the Chicks. The songs tend to veer towards a California, sunny pop sound. Robison assumes most of the vocals with Maguire having lead vocals on two songs. This is the Hounds' first disc since its 2010 debut.
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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.
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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.
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