Thursday, August 15, 2013

Court Yard Hounds, "Amelita" ~Review

**disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.


Do you remember the Dixie Chicks? After a few years away from the limelight and the Dixie Chicks, the two sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison,were ready to get back into the studio.  They  joined together in 2009 to form the county music and folk duo Court Yard Hounds and debut their first album in 2010.  I had the opportunity of listening to the newly released second album, Amelita.   This album was released on July 16, 2013.

Containing 11 new tracks, Robison and Maguire took a different approach with Amelita than their debut album in 2010. This album contains a new angle, 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."

  1. Sunshine
  2. Amelita
  3. The World Smiles
  4. Aimless Upward
  5. Guy Like You
  6. Rock All Night
  7. Phoebe
  8. Divided
  9. Gets You Down
  10. Watch Your Step
  11. The Road You Take


The Court Yard Hounds’ new album is a clear statement of who the girls are as artists, illustrating their sound as a band, with songs that are personal, yet familiar and widely relatable. 

My opinion:

I really enjoyed listening to these tracks.  It was upbeat, relaxing, and both their voices were amazing.  I loved the Dixie Chicks so I knew I would love this sound as well.  I enjoyed hearing the instruments, the melody.  All the songs were wonderful, but I love the sound and the lyrics to "Aimless Upward"  

  "My eyes are wide
Aimless upward I will rise and 
I'll be fine to take my time"

To listen more and buy visit iTunes or on Amazon

For updates and information find the Court Yard Hounds on Twitter and Facebook

Emily Robison on Twitter

Martie McGuire on Twitter


  1. I like girls duo because female artists sure have a powerful voice :)

  2. I didn't even know they were still singing

  3. I loved the dixie chicks so I am quite excited for this album. I think they have really blossomed and am excited for their new sound.

  4. Ooo good to know!! I'm definitely going to have to preview the CD on Itunes.

  5. They are very talented. Great review!

  6. Great review! Looks like a good album!

  7. Cool, I'll have to check this out!

  8. What an amazing sounding duo thank you so much :) x

  9. Great song. I liked the Dixie Chicks, so I knew I'd like them :-)

  10. I've always loved them as musicians, they can play better than just about anybody out there. I'm glad to see that they've continued on without the baggage that was dragging them down!

  11. I was never into the Dixie Chicks, but I know a lot of people were. However, that's been years ago, and I may give it a whirl again since my tastes have drastically changed!

  12. Great review. Although I'm not a huge country music fan, I always loved the Dixie Chicks!

  13. I loved the Dixie Chicks - I didn't know that they were still singing - will have to look for this album

  14. I kinda like Dixie Chicks! I think they're an awesome duo! :)