Review – Amelita by Court Yard Hounds

Court Yard Hounds - Amelita - ReviewProbably Emily Robison and Martie Maguire have been best known as two-thirds of The Dixie Chicks.

But as Court Yard Hounds, the duo has created a very different sound, one which has something for their longtime country music fans, and also for listeners of other genres who enjoy beautiful harmonies, thoughtful lyrics and impressive musicianship.

Though the songs on Amelita are occasionally country-tinged, there’s a lot more going on here as well.

Many songs on the album have a very warm, organic, natural musicality. Some bring to mind those of the early 1970s singer-songwriters, and the album cover even has a slightly faded, retro vibe. But it’s not nostalgic at all: these songs are fresh and homegrown.

cyh2There are ballads, as well as songs you can dance to. And – a number you’ll want to sing along to.

One of those is “Sunshine,” about a person who brings the others around her down. But it won’t bring you down; it’s an instant mood-brightener. And, relatable: we’ve all known people like this.

“Rock All Night” is just plain fun. That’s something this album does well – fun. It’s one you want to take out, and crank up with the windows down.

The Court Yard Hounds sound very self-assured on Amelita; they seem to have found a sweet spot in their sound with their sophomore album. It’s surely only the second of many to come.

Amelita was released on July 16, 2013 and is now available for purchase here.


  1. Rachel says

    This is a spectacular album. I love the track “Sunshine” – it’ll be on repeat for a few days! haha

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