After much chatter and anticipation, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of The Dixie Chicks, announced today via their website that they will release new music under the moniker Court Yard Hounds. The album of all new material will be available for pre-order beginning today exclusively through with all pre-orders receiving an instant gratification 4-song download not available anywhere else.   The CD is being released on Columbia Records, on shelves May 4, 2010.

To launch the new project, Emily and Martie will appear at SXSW for their first live concert as Court Yard Hounds.   The sisters will take the stage during the Americana Music Association showcase at Antone’s on Thursday March 18th and will go on to do a string of intimate shows across the country.   All Pre-orders will receive 4 album tracks instantly and get the first chance to purchase tickets for their upcoming tour. The Court Yard Hounds will tour North America throughout the summer.   The group will follow their North American roll-out with releases and touring in Europe and Australia in the fall.

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