Dixie Chicks sisters announce details of new project, Court Yard Hounds

Two Chicks have now become Hounds. Today, Dixie sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire officially announced a new project under the name Courtyard Hounds.

Fans who pre-order their debut album on the duo’s official website, courtyardhounds.com, will immediately receive four album tracks, and have an option to also purchase tickets for an upcoming tour. Their first live appearance will be at March’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas; the album comes to stores May 4.

“It was time,” says Robison in a press release. “We had been on hiatus from The Dixie Chicks for about a year, I was getting very restless and needed to be creative for my own sanity. And at the same time I was going through my divorce so it was very fertile ground for writing.”

“Emily was just writing and writing all of these deeply personal and truly beautiful songs,” Martie Maguire adds.  “She was initially going to pitch them to other artists and I kept telling her ‘No, no, you have to save that for you.  It’s too good and too personal.'”

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  • Flyer

    This is good news, and I’ll take it, but I’ll admit I would have been ECSTATIC to hear of a new Dixie Chicks album!

  • Stephen

    I can’t wait – but I have heard that the two sisters are not on speaking terms with Natalie anymore. Said that they make occassional appearences together when they must, but that on a personal level, they are no longer friends. I hope it isn’t true, but for some reason it wouldn’t surprise me.

    • rose

      Actually Stephen, I read that all three of the chicks spent new year’s at Natalie’s dad’s house so clearly they’re on speaking terms. Besides, Emily has said on their website that Natalie will be the first to say how supportive she is of their side project.

    • RL

      The Chicks are playing a major tour this summer with the Eagles. I hardly they are not on speaking terms.

  • jaime



    But ill take this… I LOVE THE DXCKs.

    I wish country radio would play them again!!!

  • David

    So glad these two have moved on! Can’t wait for this! I think they will be very successful!

  • AcaseofGeo

    These girls are talented indeed but it seems disingenuous for them to say they’re writing is creative because of a divorce. At least one of the 3 of them (Dixie Chicks) always seems to be in the process of a creativity-inducing divorce. Can they ever be inspired and write songs when all 3 of them are happily married?

    • rose

      Actually, they wrote all the songs on “Taking The Long Way” (the one that won 5 Grammys) and none of them were in the middle of a divorce.

  • Davidsask

    Their new song sounds exactly like Sheryl Crow! Anyone agree with me?

    • prch09

      Yes, I totally agree. However, Sheryl is one of my faves too so it’s ok with me.

  • Glory

    Would have prefered all of the Chicks, but for now I’ll take two out of three!! I think they’re music sounds awesome!!

  • the truth

    What kind of article is this where the reporter doesn’t even ask why Maines isn’t on the album and of the status of the Chicks?! I hate incomplete articles!

    • flicketyflack

      It’s the kind of article that is based exclusively on the Courtyard Hounds’ press release.

  • MSR

    The new songs have a distinct rock vibe to them reminiscent of Sheryl Crow. I like it! Reminds me a lot of the sound they were moving towards with Taking the Long Way.

  • Osmond

    I absolutely love the 4th song “wasting time”. I also think it’s a great opportunity for Martie and Emily to develop and showcase their vocal talents. Hope Nat comes back though.

  • Tabatha

    Please come to Ceasar Casino Windsor.
    You have a amazing group of ladies that would just love it if you came to Windsor.PLEASE, PLEASE…….

  • prch09

    I hope that VH1 picks up their video if they make one. I vote for releasing Ain’t No Son first. It’s the catchiest of the 4 songs I’ve heard when I preordered their CD.

  • Renee Clarke

    Can’t wait I’ll buy the album to check it out. Not sure about the name…? and will have think of it as totally not the Dixie Chicks… because it doesn’t seem right with out Natalie. Good on them!

  • chissy n

    sooo excited to hear what this duo has to offer! they’re both so talented, i love their voices…:)

  • Frankie

    They can call themselfs whatever they want. They still disgraced the USA just before the war. I still remember and I bet others do to. What a shame, I used to love the chics but after that comment overseas I will never listen or buy any of their music.

    • Redhead

      And I never listened to a note they sang UNTIL “the incident” — they were a country group and not my thing. But after that happened, I listened to some of their music. Then I saw “Shut Up and Sing” and became a DC fan :) I hope they stay together and that this venture by the sisters takes them far :)

    • Michael

      You mean the war that more than 70% of the country now suddenly opposes when Obama is president? Or the one that more than 60% opposed when Bush was president? The fact that someone spoke up about disagreeing with a president that now owns the 2nd lowest approval rating of any president in history shouldn’t come as any surprise…but you keep siding with the lest than 25% that thought he did a great job! ha ha ha!!!

    • candace

      @frankie: great thing America… our whole free speech thingy! Not much unlike people on our soil protesting to delegitimize a democratically elected president with their words. You have every right not to listen to DC, just as others have every right to enjoy them as they wish.

    • Liza

      I became a fan following the ‘incident’and will buy whatever any of the three of them produce.

    • True Patriot

      I was proud of Natalie for speaking up, maybe if more true Americans had voiced their objections to that abhorrent and obvious attempt to grab oil that wasn’t ours tens of thousands of young American men and women would be home with their loved ones right now instead a pre-mature grave.

    • Tonic

      Actually, their comments overseas AND the subsequent songs, made me realize that they had something worth listening to and weren’t just mindless country-pop.

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