It?s been a long time since we last caught up with the Dixie Chicks.

And while no one knows for sure if the trio has split or is just on hiatus (lead singer Natalie Maines released a solo album earlier this year), the two Dallas natives from the group are making some beautiful songs on their own under the name Court Yard Hounds.

Three years after their 2010 debut album--melancholy songs less Dixie Chick territory and more related to personal trials--sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire have taken a more upbeat turn on their new effort, Amelita.

Without Maines? raspy voice, the duo?s sound relies heavily on harmony. Luckily, Robison?s lead vocals are both powerfully soaring and sweetly catchy--we can?t get lead single ?Sunshine? out of our head.

Even when they?re not channeling shades of Sheryl Crow, they still have their tongues planted firmly in cheek. (They did sing ?Goodbye Earl,? after all.)

This is one album we?re ready to run to.

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