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Court Yard Hounds is the new “harmony-laden, pop-country hybrid” project of Dixie Chicks sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson. After triumphant 2007 Grammy wins for album, record, and song of the year for Taking the Long Way and its flagship single Not Ready to Make Nice, the Chicks took an indefinite hiatus and the sisters embarked on a new side project. In Texas roots circles, the sisters have been well known since they were pre-teen prodigies. Spurred on by their musically supportive parents, who would drive them from festival to festival, Martie joined her first band at age 12, and a couple years later Emily signed on at age 10. Though they received formal instrumental training at a young age, the impeccable vocal harmonizing came from early teen years together observing acts and performing on the bluegrass circuit. The duo’s debut album reveals an intimate peek into the sisters’ individual personalities, and has the siblings sounding like they have been fearless frontwomen all their lives.
The Abrams Brothers – John, James and cousin Elijah—are fourth-generation musicians with musical roots reaching all the way back to their great-grandparents. In 2005, the Ontario, Canada-based trio appeared at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry, following in the footsteps of such country legends as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. The group’s fourth album, Northern Redemption, features a combination of bluegrass, country, and folk rock and was produced by fellow Canadian Chris Brown. The Abrams Brothers have also released the album Blue on Brown, a collection of songs by Arlo Guthri and Bob Dylan, as a tribute to songwriters the young group admires.
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