Amelita, the sophomore album from Court Yard Hounds was just released. Sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire formed Court Yard Hounds in 2010 after years of success with their former 5 time Grammy winning band, Dixie Chicks. Following the self titled album Court Yard Hounds comes the release of Amelita, “I think there’s more confidence on this album,” Emily says. "I love this band...the way we explore new aspects of ourselves and what we can expect from each other, both musically and as people," says Martie. "We are close. Plus, being on the road and being in the studio is like my spa from the everyday challenges of just being a mom.”
This fun and upbeat country-pop album is easy for anyone to enjoy. Containing 11 new tracks, Robison and Maguire took a different approach with Amelita than their debut album in 2010. This album contains a new perspective, 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."
My favorite song on the album is Sunshine. We have all know "that" person which makes this song so relatable. “We called the song ‘Sunshine’ just for the sake of sarcasm,” explains Emily. “Everybody knows this kind of person who is the turd in the punch bowl. They’re the person who comes into the room and just deflates everything going on. And it’s a song about that person, who’s just a little bit too self-important and thinks that the world revolves around them and you just want to scream, ‘Stop bringing me down.’” The entire album is great and I'm yet to skip a song. The efforts in a year of writing this album shines through.
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