Court Yard Hounds


A side project of Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, Court Yard Hounds delivers much-anticipated insight—both musical and personal—into the sisters who have for so long ceded center stage to Chicks singer Natalie Maines. Though steeped in familiar instrumentation, the album offers little of the barn-burning brashness that made the Chicks famous (save perhaps the gutsy “Ain’t No Son”). Instead, its delicate folk-pop prettiness perfectly suits Robison’s more-than-capable voice and the jumble of emotions, sunny and melancholy, that emerge in a song cycle inspired by her 2008 divorce. Maguire’s weeping fiddle and seamless harmonies are welcome as always, and her one turn on lead vocals (“Gracefully”) is so warmly affecting that listeners may wish she stepped to the mic more often. Court Yard Hounds ably demonstrates that, whether with their fellow Dixie Chick or without, these ladies’ talent runs deep.

–Katie Dodd

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