New Dixie Chicks band Court Yard Hounds to release album

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
By Abbey Khan


Sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of The Dixie Chicks are coming out with a new album on May 4th under the name Court Yard Hounds. The album is now available for pre-order exclusively through their website with all pre-orders receiving an instant gratification 4-song download not available anywhere else.


The newly formed duo will make their first live concert appearance at SXSW, performing during the Americana Music Association showcase at Antone’s on Thursday, March 18. They are also scheduled to tour North America in the summer and Europe and Australia in the fall.

“It was time,” said Robison. “We had been on hiatus from The Dixie Chicks for about a year, I was getting very restless and needed to be creative for my own sanity. And at the same time I was going through my divorce so it was very fertile ground for writing.”

“Emily was just writing and writing all of these deeply personal and truly beautiful songs,” added Maguire. “She was initially going to pitch them to other artists and I kept telling her no, no, you have to save that for you. It’s too good and too personal.”


Robison writes and sings lead on most of the tracks, with Maguire taking the lead on her solo composition Gracefully. Their debut album combines folk, country, rock and Americana music and the sisters even collaborate with fellow labelmate Jakob Dylan on See You in the Spring, which is the wry tale of a couple from the northernmost and southernmost parts of the country who find their biggest obstacle is climatic. In addition to contributing to this album, Dylan is releasing his second solo album Women and Country in April.

Court Yard Hounds will release their first album through Columbia Records.

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10 years ago

I’m so happy they are coming out with an album. It was stupid for people to turn on them for the comments they made. Isn’t this America? Do we not have freedom of speech? Or am I just mistaken?
Anyway, it’s good to see them making music again.