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Court Yard Hounds is the debut studio album by American country duo the Court Yard Hounds, founded as a side project of the Dixie Chicks by sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire. The album was released on May 4, 2010 via Columbia Records. It was mainly recorded in Maguire's home studio in Austin, and co-produced with Jim Scott (who was also the Grammy-winning sound mixer/engineer on the Dixie Chicks' latest album Taking the Long Way and Playlist: The Best of the Dixie Chicks).

Court Yard Hounds
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)
GenreCountry rock
ProducerEmily Robison
Martie Maguire
Jim Scott
Court Yard Hounds chronology
Court Yard Hounds
Singles from Court Yard Hounds
  1. "The Coast[1][2][3][4]"
    Released: March 30, 2010[5]
  2. "It Didn't Make a Sound"
    Released: May 2010
  3. "See You in the Spring"
    Released: July 2010



On February 10, 2010, the album became available for pre-order. Additionally, four tracks from the album – "Delight (Something New Under the Sun)," "The Coast," "Fear of Wasted Time," and "Ain't No Son" – were available for download to those who pre-ordered the album. The duo made their first public appearance on March 18, 2010 at the Americana Music Association's SXSW showcase, with a tour to follow.

The group's debut single, "The Coast," was released on March 30, 2010 and served as the lead-off single for the album.[6]

The group made their first appearance at SXSW in Austin, TX in 2010. Their first tour was as part of Lilith Fair on July 15, 2010. They are scheduled for around 10 dates on the tour.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Engine 145     [7]
Allmusic     [8]
Entertainment WeeklyB[9]
Slant Magazine     [10]
Rolling Stone     [12]
Robert Christgau [13]

Track listingEdit

This Track List was confirmed by their Official Website on February 10, 2010.[14]

Martie Maguire sings lead on her composition, "Gracefully". Lead vocals on all other songs are performed by Emily Robison.

1."Skyline"Emily Robison; Martin Strayer4:20
2."The Coast"Emily Robison3:04
3."Delight (Something New Under the Sun)"Emily Robison; Martin Strayer4:34
4."See You in the Spring" (featuring Jakob Dylan)Emily Robison; Martin Strayer4:50
5."Ain't No Son"Emily Robison; Martie Maguire4:39
6."Fairytale"Emily Robison; Martin Strayer4:05
7."I Miss You"Emily Robison3:49
8."Gracefully"Martie Maguire4:28
9."April's Love"Emily Robison; Martin Strayer3:23
10."Then Again"Emily Robison3:20
11."It Didn't Make a Sound"Emily Robison; Martin Strayer3:48
12."Fear of Wasted Time"Emily Robison; Martin Strayer4:07
Total length:48:27


Court Yard HoundsEdit

Additional PersonnelEdit


Adapted from allmusic:

  • Produced By Emily Robison, Martie Maguire & Jim Scott
  • Recording Engineers: Les Banks, Pat Manske, Jim Scott & Kevin Szymanski
  • Additional Recording Engineered By Kevin Dean & Adam Odor
  • Mixed By Jim Scott
  • Mastered By Richard Dodd

Chart performanceEdit

Court Yard Hounds debuted at #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200, with 61,119 copies sold in its first week. The album has sold approximately 500,000 copies in the United States.[16][17]

Chart (2010) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[18] 42
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 6
New Zealand Albums Chart[20] 30
Swedish Albums Chart[21] 58
UK Albums Chart 79
US Billboard 200[22] 7
US Billboard Top Rock Albums[23] 3


  1. ^ "The Coast: Court Yard Hounds: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  2. ^ "Dixie Chicks side project Court Yard Hounds debut at SXSW: Music Mix was on the scene!".
  3. ^ "The Leading Music Fascination Site on the Net". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  4. ^ "Dixie Chicks on Tour-Court Yard Hounds news single - Country News - Today's Best Country Y101". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  5. ^ "The Coast: Court Yard Hounds: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  6. ^ ""The Coast" available on iTunes! | The Official Court Yard Hounds Site". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  7. ^ "Engine 145 review".
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Court Yard Hounds". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Entertainment Weekly review". May 5, 2010.
  10. ^ "Slant Magazine review".
  11. ^ Deusner, Stephen (6 May 2010). "Court Yard Hounds Review". Paste. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  12. ^ Rosen, Jody (4 May 2010). "Court Yard Hounds: Court Yard Hounds". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Consumer Guide: Court Yard Hounds". Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Court Yard Hounds Music | The Official Court Yard Hounds Site". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  15. ^ Personnel and Production from allmusic
  16. ^ Zac Brown Band Pull Double-Duty on Country Chart Archived February 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2010-05-12). "Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band & Miranda Lead Charts This Week | New Country Music, Listen to Songs & Video". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  18. ^ " – Australian charts portal". Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  19. ^ "Court Yard Hounds Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  20. ^ " – New Zealand charts portal". Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  21. ^ Swedish Albums Chart Sverigetopplistan Archived May 27, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "Court Yard Hounds Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  23. ^ "Court Yard Hounds Album & Song Chart History – Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2010.