Court Yard Hounds to Release 'Amelita' in July

Court Yard Hounds

A new Court Yard Hounds album is on the way. The post-Dixie Chicks group featuring sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire announced today they will release "Amelita," their sophomore album, on July 16 via Columbia Records.

"I think we’ve approached it differently because we felt like okay, we are a band," Maguire said about the album. "We aren’t just two ex-Dixie Chicks anymore, we’re a band and we like our sound and we’re going to continue to do this and hopefully get better at it, and share something new this time around."

Robison said her 2008 divorce inspired her to open up to new ideas for the set. "I think it’s not only a more hopeful album, but it’s more… well fun."

For "Amelita," the sisters again turned to producer Jim Scott, who was at the helm of their breakout self-titled debut, which bowed at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in May 2010.

Much like their debut, Robison takes lead vocals on most of the album's 11 tracks, while Maguire sings lead on "Guy Like You," which she co-wrote with Martin Strayer, the album's guitarist (and Robison's boyfriend). The first single is "Sunshine," co-written by Jonatha Brooke, Alex Dezen and Strayer.

The album's existence was actually revealed back in February by the duo's Dixie Chicks bandmate Natalie Maines on the red carpet of the annual MusiCares gala.

"They've been working on another Court Yard Hounds album," Maines told Billboard. "So they have an album already, just the two of them, and they are doing another one."

Since then, Maines released her debut solo album, "Mother," which was produced by Ben Harper. Meanwhile, the Dixie Chicks will be playing four Canadian festival dates in July, beginning with the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 6.

"Amelita" Track Listing:

The World Smiles
Aimless Upward
A Guy Like You
Rock All Night
Gets You Down
Watch Your Step
The Road You Take

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