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Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Road Saratoga, CA 95070
408-741-2822
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3.9 / 5 Rated by 10 members
Review from alansoff@comcast.net
18 events 9 reviews

The songs were good and well played, but unremarkable. There wasn't a tune that I walked away singing.
The one bluegrass tune they played was excellent, and got the audience standing and cheering. Then back to ballads.
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reviewed Jul 09 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from smditter
30 events 9 reviews

I agreed with the other reviews. The songs were nice but not great. The one bluegrass song was fantastic but, rather than seize on the audience response to this, they just went back to continuous ballads. Good back up band and musicianship. Long...continued

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Review from Clifford
14 events 8 reviews

Fun concert - even the opening act was cool.

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Review from Heather
16 events 8 reviews

Warm up singer & guitarist was great. The Court Yard hounds needed more variety. started to sound all the same after a while.

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As the mainstays of the Dixie Chicks since they formed the group in 1989, the sisters have been familiar faces to many millions of fans, yet just a little mysterious in that familiarity, content as they were to cede the lead vocalist position and remain music’s most recognizable “sidewomen.” Chicks fans couldn’t help but hear those ever-present harmonies and wonder if Emily and Martie might ever come out from hiding in plain sight.

That’s just what they’ve done in their newly hatched incarnation as Court Yard Hounds, with a gorgeously assured debut album that has the siblings sounding like they’ve been fearless frontwomen all their lives. Is this band a side project? They can live with that label. Or something permanent? Yes, that, too.

Robison and Maguire could no sooner take an indefinite vacation from music than they could from being related. So as the mother band’s hiatus grew into a longer vacation than anyone originally anticipated, “dormant” began to equal “torment” for these two working musicians. The Dixie Chicks were last seen triumphing at the Grammys in early 2007, winning the exceedingly rare trifecta of album, record, and song of the year for Taking the Long Way and its flagship single “Not Ready to Make Nice.” Something else they weren’t ready to do was make records or tour again, at least for a long while, as it turned out. All three Chicks enjoyed family time away from the media glare—but after a while Maguire and Robison felt refreshed and rarin’ to go, which still left them one singer short of a quorum. The usually bold Maines’ reticence to put herself through the grind again had the effect of pushing her slightly shyer bandmates out of the nest.

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