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When One2One Network sent out the invitation to review the latest CD from Court Yard Hounds, I jumped at the chance.  We've been fans of Emily and Martie's wonderful harmonizing and artistic playing  since the first Dixie Chicks single went mainstream. 
Personally, I am thrilled that all 3 ex- Dixie Chicks are still friends and still recording music! 

About Court Yard Hounds:

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After a few years away from the lime light and the Dixie Chicks, the two sisters (Emily Robison and Martie Maguire) were ready to get back into the studio with the creation of Court Yard Hounds, named after the novel within Game of Thrones creator David Benioff’s novel City of Thieves. The process proved exhilarating and fulfilling and was welcomed with much critical and fan praise, securing the girls a spot in the Top 10 of the Billboard Charts for their debut. To them a follow-up album was a clear next step, affirming the Court Yard Hounds as a band, not just a side project.
The Court Yard Hounds’ new album is a clear statement of who the girls are as artists, defining their sound as a band, with soaring songs that are personal, yet familiar and widely relatable.”

About Amelita:

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Containing 11 new tracks, Robison and Maguire to a different approach with Amelita than their debut album in 2010. This album contains a new perspective, which is due in part to time passed since Robison's divorce. I’ve been freed of all of those time-heals-everything kind of things,” says Robison. “Now, I’ve opened up to other ideas and ways of looking at life and the world. I think it’s not only a more hopeful album, but it’s more… well fun.

My Review:

I was so excited to see Amelita in my mailbox! I really liked the style of the CD jacket. I think it tells you a lot about the artists and the songs you are about to listen to. This jacket said “feminine” and “serious” to me. The songs proved me right.

I listened to this CD first with my youngest daughter, who is a big Dixie Chicks fan borrowing my CD’s all the time. So I watched for her reaction before sharing my own. With the very first song, Sunshine I could tell she liked what she heard, as did I.  At the end, we smiled and said “I like it” at the exact same time. Court Yard Hounds was off to a good start.

The title track Amelita is a catchy song and I found myself humming the next day. Some of the tracks weren’t my particular style (Rock All Night) for one. Still, I found the CD has a good, natural flow to it, very easy to listen too.
Emily has a strong, pure way of singing that is only enhanced by Martie’s harmony. And I must applaud Martie for taking the lead on A Guy Like You and Gets you down! You shined!

I thoroughly enjoyed Amelita as did both my daughters. My youngest even asked to borrow it for her sleepover Saturday night, so watch out Emily and Martie ~ you are making some tween fans!

 I do recommend this CD for anybody who likes good harmonizing on songs with a country-pop vibe.

You can learn more about The Court Yard Hounds by liking the on Facebook  You can also purchase their CD on Amazon. (Note: this is not my affiliate link).

I hope you found this review helpful. So, tell me, what’s your favorite harmonizing duo?


I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. All opinions stated are my own.