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Court Yard Hounds Savor 'Sunshine' – Song Premiere

Dixie Chicks offshoot readies upcoming LP 'Amelita'

Court Yard Hounds
James Minchin
June 4, 2013 11:25 AM ET

Emily Robison and Martie Maguire pushed through some tough emotional times on their first album as Court Yard Hounds – Robison's 2008 divorce, in particular – but now the Dixie Chicks offshoot is back with a new perspective on their new album Amelita, which is due out July 16th on Columbia Records (pre-order it here). On the new track "Sunshine," out on iTunes next week, the country-folk duo seek to savor the good times. "Don't rain on my parade, kill a perfect day wasting my time," they sing with defiance in the chorus. "You always find a way to bring me down when I feel fine."

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