Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Album Review: Court Yard Hounds - Amelita

*DisclaimerI participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

My introduction to these talented sisters, Emily Robinson and Martie Maquire, was through the fabulous country songs of the Dixie Chicks. I remember loving both the song and video of Ready to Run when it made it's debut. But the sisters have moved beyond just country to a wider audience and have come into their own creating a follow up to the Court Yard Hounds first album. #CYHAmelita

Amelita is something different. It is an album with more confidence and wider style than even their first. With 11 original songs and styles from bluegrass to pop, this album appeals to me now as much as their sounds did when I was younger. I have matured and so have the sisters.

Amelita track listing:
  1. Sunshine
  2. Amelita
  3. The World Smiles
  4. Aimless Upward
  5. Guy Like You
  6. Rock All Night
  7. Phoebe
  8. Divided
  9. Gets You Down
  10. Watch Your Step
  11. The Road You Take
Hands down I fell for Sunshine, the first track on the album because of it's tongue in cheek name for a person who brings you down. It reminds me of when I call my daughter "Little Miss Sunshine" because of her bad attitude.

I also loved Pheobe, full of twang and gorgeous harmonies. It is a great reminder that these girls can not only sing, but are accomplished musicians. From banjo to fiddle to guitar, they really know their stuff.

Much as I did years ago when I discovered the genius of the Dixie Chicks, I could listen to this album over and over again.

"We’re a band, not a side project. We like our sound, and we’re going to continue to do this, and share something new this time around." - Emily Robison

I sure hope they will have many more songs to sing in the future. I just can't get enough of their sound and energy.

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