Court Yard Hounds, Indigo Girls Ignite Last Lilith Fair
Sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire are two thirds of the best-selling female band in music history -- the Dixie Chicks. But the duo, who now perform as the Court Yard Hounds, were almost dirt-kickingly modest during their Washington, D.C. area debut at the last Lilith Fair performance of 2010. They called the Hounds a "baby band" and talked about staying in low-end motels versus the five-star digs that are part of the Chicks' success.
As one audience member at the August 3 show said, "that's a nice sentiment, but..." If the high-end fashion didn't give away their star status, their powerhouse performance - which featured a full band with two lead guitar players -- sure did. Clearly, the sisters are a very contemporary twist on the ultra elegant, immensely talented past queens of country.
Moving through their songs including 'Then Again,' 'Let the Caged Bird Sing,' and 'See You in the Spring' -- even adding the Dixie Chicks tune 'Lil' Jack Slade' -- the sisters' brought a country meets Laurel Canyon rockers' vibe to the Fair that even included Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan singing with them at one point.
"When we were younger, we would travel all over going to bluegrass festivals," said Martie. "This is reminiscent of what we grew up with."
Although Lilith Fair had a rotating cast of performers and had to cut some big names -- including Loretta Lynn and Kelly Clarkson (according to The Washington Post) -- the country and Americana performers that played the last show in Maryland did the formats proud.
"Welcome to the very last Lilith," Sarah McLachlan announced from the stage,