Dixie Chicks duo to launch new band
Dixie Chicks sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison have said launching their new band at the South By Southwest music festival in Texas is no coincidence.
The twins both live in Texas, with Martie living in Austin and Emily in San Antonio, and both said performing as the Court Yard Hounds at their local festival was a no-brainer.
Martie said: "It feels really comfortable having the first one where I live, in a club where I go hear bands - so many times I've gone to hear bands and thought, 'Oh, I can't wait to be on that stage.'"
Emily added: "It's turned into such a great springboard for music and so many influential people come and listen to music. You're looking them in the eyeballs, and you're in the trenches, which we feel like we've returned to the trenches somewhat to launch this new band."
Other highlights of the festival, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, are performances from Spoon, the Stone Temple Pilots, Estelle, Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, and Smokey Robinson.
Another new duo are also due to make their SXSW debut - Broken Bells, the new group formed by super producer and Gnarls Barkley member Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton and the Shins' James Mercer, who said SXSW is a utopia for music aficionados.
"Not everyone is as big a music fan as Brian and I," he said. "But when you go to South By Southwest, the whole town is taken over by people like you."