The Court Yard Hounds, comprised of Emily Robison and Martie McGuire, the two sisters from the Dixie Chicks, released their new album Amelita Tuesday. I received a complimentary copy for review. And I liked it.
Containing 11 new tracks, Robison and Maquire 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 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.”
To me the songs come from a familiar place and it’s obvious Robison and McGuire were a cornerstone in the sound of Dixie Chicks.
One of my favorite songs on Amelita is Sunshine. It’s peppy and upbeat but the words describe how they relate to a negative friend, acquaintance, relative, etc.
To me, their use of Sunshine is the equivalent of the Southern phrase “Bless your heart.”
For instance, when a Southerner says with much concern, “Ahhh…Bless your heart,” in regards to a difficult person…they don’t mean that in a good way. That’s code for “you’re a difficult person.” And Sunshine seems to be code for “you’re a downer and a difficult person but I’m not going there with you.”
My other favorite song is a ballad. Gets You Down. I love, love, love the lyrics. They remind me of the ebb and flow of life or relationships. Those points in situations when you don’t know what to do but rely on your learned coping mechanisms and they aren’t working. The song even took on a spiritual vibe for me.
Y’all, I love Gets You Down.
The Court Yard Hounds’ new album is a clear statement of who the girls are as artists, defining their sound as a band, with soaring songs that are personal, yet familiar and widely relateable.
I really enjoy Amelita and I am thrilled to have it on my playlist. It’s fun.
Did you know Robison and McGuire created Court Yard Hounds? I didn’t.
I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. I am eligible for incentives. All opinions are my own.