CD Review: Court Yard Hounds’ ‘Amelita’

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It may be a while before we see a new Dixie Chicks album, but the women are making the most of their time away from the coop.

On the heels of Natalie Maines’s recent solo debut, “Mother,” her harmony partners — sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison — make a strong step forward with “Amelita,” their second release as Court Yard Hounds, out Tuesday.

Both multi-instrumentalists, Robison and Maguire expertly weave the country flavors of their fiddles, dobros, and banjos into a beguiling folk-pop-singer-songwriter sound that could appeal equally to fans of their main gig and artists like Indigo Girls or James Taylor.

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