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Court Yard Hounds finds the Dixie Chicks’ Emily Robison and Martie Maguire testing their wings as a duo. They veer in a folk-rock direction, matching bittersweet lyrics to acoustic-centered tunes with radio-friendly hooks. Much of Court Yard Hounds seems to refer to Robison’s marital breakup; certainly she and Maguire have a lot to say about heartbreak and healing in these songs. “The Coast” (a breezy pop postcard inviting comparisons with Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up the Sun”) and “See You In The Spring” (a melancholy travelogue sung with Jakob Dylan) sparkle in a wistful way. From the inviting “Delight (Something New Under The Sun)” to the ruminative “Fear Of Wasted Time,” the duo examines life’s choices with candor and empathy. Much tougher in mood is “Ain’t No Son,” an indictment of parental homophobia set to a snarling Southern rock track. Robison’s rippling banjo and Maguire’s keening fiddle add splashes of bluegrass color throughout. Court Yard Hounds proves that the other two-thirds of the band can soar high on their own power.

Customer Reviews

Great Album!

I thought this album was amazing and glad Natalie is not on it, people should not compare this cd to a Chicks cd because it is not one, it is totally seperate with its own sound. Personally I only liked Emily and Martie anyways.

Without Natalie, I'm sorry

Nice album, but lacks the strong voice of Natalie Mains. Without her, it's kind of bland. I LOVED the Dixie Chicks and would have continued to buy their albums -- freedom of speech prevails -- but am not sure the money was worth it for this.


These sisters have never sounded better. Without Natalie Mains controlling the reigns, Marty & Emily have come out strong as solid vocalists and musicians. This music is melodic, deep yet simplistic, and breezy. Don't miss out on this folks .... solid music.


Formed: 2009 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Three years after 2006’s Taking the Long Way, sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire were ready to cut a new Dixie Chicks album, but Natalie Maines wasn’t prepared to participate, so the siblings struck out on their own as the duo Court Yard Hounds. Robison stepped into the role as frontwoman for the group, and the pair retained the service of much of the Dixie Chicks extended family -- including Maines’ father Lloyd as a guitarist -- during the recording of their eponymous debut. Given this pedigree,...
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