With the Dixie Chicks on an indefinite hiatus and Natalie Maines releasing her debut solo album earlier this year, it seemed like the perfect time for sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison to release a new Court Yard Hounds album. The new album entitled "Amelita" was released on July 16 through Columbia Records. While the duo's debut album was a top ten hit, this new album has a long way to go to reach the same status as it debuted at #70 on the Billboard Album chart.
The album leads off with the country-folk stomp of "Sunshine" as Robison's vocals are so smooth and silky that you get lost in her words. The additional harmonies of Maguire on "The World Smiles" just puts your mind as ease. It's also nice when they break-away from the mellow country sound they are known for and just let loose on "Rock All Night." The album finishes up with the gentle acoustic "Gets You Down," the bar-room country rocker "Watch Your Step" and the life lessons of the piano-led "The Road You Take."
The Court Yard Hounds will kick off their tour on August 1 in Fargo, ND before heading over to Lollapalooza. For a complete list of tour dates and for more information on the new album, "Amelita," please visit courtyardhounds.com.