Martie Maguire and Emily Robison are sisters who were members of the best selling female group in history, The Dixie Chicks. That group may not be producing records anymore, but the sisters are still making some beautiful music
together as The Courtyard Hounds, named after the novel within Game of Thrones creator David Benioff’s novel City of Thieves.
Their current single “Sunshine” is one of 11 tracks off of their
album Amelita which was released in July. The song was co-written by acclaimed singer/songwriter Jonathan Brooke along with Martin Strayer and Alex Dezen.
Emily Robison’s lead vocals definitely give the song a light and breezy bent. The melody, filled with fiddle
and banjo, transports you to a beautiful summer day. However, don’t let the bright up tempo melody & lovely harmonies fool you. The witty lyrics are dripping with sarcasm about a person with a bit of an ego who always seems to bring her down and waste her time. Now, if that’s not relatable, I don’t know what is.
“I'm just an angel that sits upon your shoulder
Says the world will pass you over while you're waiting for a crown
You're no stranger to the art of how to fake it
You play until you break it, you make it hard to be around
Hey, don't rain on my parade and kill a perfect day, wasting my time
Hey, you always find a way to bring me down when I feel fine
We call you sunshine We call you sunshine”
Beyond doubtful this song will get airtime on country radio, but it sure would be a shame if you didn’t
give it a listen.
The Court Yard Hounds’ new album and single are available now.