Ever since Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora played "Wanted Dead or Alive" with nothing but their guitars (and mullets), fans and the music industry alike have had a fascination with stripped-down performances.
The new self-titled album by the Dixie Chick's Emily Robison and Martie Maguire -- otherwise known as Court Yard Hounds -- reflects a new direction for the pair while maintaining a sensitivity to their former brand of music
The eternally youthful Jon Bon Jovi and his disciples have built their ministry upon the same New Jersey rock that Bruce Springsteen assembled his flock, and the band used this album as a slight genuflection to their own glory days.
Sambora, who spends most of his time rocking the world as lead guitarist for Bon Jovi, has never forgotten the ties that were formed during his days as a basketball player and student in suburban New Jersey.
Six years later, the newest installment of the series passes the torch to a younger stable of artists who, along with series initiator Vicki Iovine and Timothy Shriver, shared their thoughts about the album.