Albert and Gage e-Newsletter February 2010
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Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas.  We've been to Belize, (take the photo tour), we've attended the Grammys, we've added vintage keyboards to the studio, and we've gotten our promotional material ready for a trek to the national Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis in a couple weeks.  We'll celebrate love on Valentine's Day with Christine's Annual Valentine's French Concert at The Wild Basin with a stellar "orchestre".  This always sells out, so make your plans this week!

In the "proud mama" category,  Christine's son Troupe Gammage's band SPEAK will release their first EP this week with several events in Austin.  Check it out here

Austin, Wylie, Belton, Gruene and Memphis - here we come.

Chris and Christine

Thanks to Christine's hard volunteer work for the Recording Academy as a Trustee, we receive great tickets to the Grammys.  Check out this CBS screenshot of Quincy Jones during the Michael Jackson tribute. Where's Waldo? (Christine)

Sunset on Ambergris Caye, Belize


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February 2010 Show Schedule
NEW: download and print pdf of schedule
             Full show schedule online here.
Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.
Mon. Feb 1 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
Visit the "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" photo page
9 -1
Wed. Feb 3 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336   David Carroll on upright bass
9 -1
Fri. Feb 5 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Austin, Texas
One World Theater - two shows
7 and 9:30
Sat. Feb 6 Acoustic Concert Tours - Wylie, TX -
One of the original house concerts - a truly soulful home and room full of soulful people.  (just outside Dallas)
8 pm
Mon. Feb 8 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 -1
Fri. Feb 12 Belton Acoustic Concerts - Belton, TX
UMHB Campus - Brindley Auditorium - 9th and Moore St. - Belton, TX   David Carroll on upright bass
7:30 pm
Sat. Feb 13 Gruene Hall - Gruene, TX
The legendary dancehall with the equally legendary David Carroll and Paul Pearcy joining us. Afternoon love fest. 
1-5 pm
Sun. Feb 14 Annual Valentine's Day French Concert

Wild Basin Preserve - Austin, TX
An evening of Christine's French music with an all star band featuring Chris Gage on piano, guitar and accordion, Chip Dolan on piano and accordion, Paul Glasse on mandolin, David Carroll on upright bass and Bruce Logan on drums. An 18 year tradition, this concert always sells out, so make your plans early! BYO wine and picnic meal and we will have large draped tables, candlelight, ambiance and musique! 

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at

or you can also buy tickets by phone or mail. Call 512-327-7622 during office hours of 9 AM to 4 PM Central, Mon-Fri, to order by phone, or mail your order to Wild Basin Ticket Sales, 805 N. Capital of TX Hwy, Austin, Texas 78746. Be sure to clearly state the ticket(s) you wish to purchase, the full purchase price times the number of tickets. Make your check payable to "Wild Basin."

doors at 6:30

concert at 7:30
Mon. Feb 15 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
9 -1
Wed. Feb 17 Folk Alliance Conference - Marriott Hotel - Memphis, TN
10:30 PM - "FOCUS presents Musical Chairs" Room #1828
12 Midnight - "Batkat's Whodat? " Room #1922
Thurs. Feb 18 Folk Alliance Conference - Marriott Hotel - Memphis, TN
12:30 AM (Thursday night) - "Concerts in Your Home" Room #1927
Fri. Feb 19 Folk Alliance Conference - Marriott Hotel - Memphis, TN
11 AM - Christine on an international panel about folk music in other languages
3 PM - "Texas Sugarbaby Room" #1711
5:45 PM - 40th Anniversary of the FolkScene Radio Show - Nashville Room
11:30 PM - "Third Coast Music" Room #1925 - in the round with Bill Kirchen
Sat. Feb 20 Folk Alliance Conference - Marriott Hotel - Memphis, TN
2:40 PM - "Bill and Kate Isles" Room #1729
3:30 PM - "Batkat's Whodat?" Room #1922
9:30 PM - Performance Alley Showcase - St. Louis Room
11:40 PM - "High Horse Records" Room # 1929
Mon. Feb 22 NO DONN'S DEPOT!
Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Scottsdale, Arizona    
Casino Arizona
Sat. Feb 27 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        Albert and Gage Band  
(with David Carroll and Paul Pearcy) 
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9-1 pm

Coming up next month!

Mar. 5 - Waldo's Coffeehouse in Waco TX
Mar. 6 - Spicewood Arts Society - Spicewood TX
Mar. 20 - South by South Artz Ribhouse - Austin TX
Mar. 24 - Dosey Doe's - The Woodlands TX
Mar. 27-28 - Jerry Jeff's birthday bash - Austin and Gruene TX

Check out Christine's new blog - an experiment in making a commitment to something for no other reason than to satisfy a creative longing to write and to dig in the dirt.  

A note from Christine:
It's been another overdrive month of travel and mind blowing experiences, from reeling in the sharks to rockin' in the Staples Center.  Our life never ceases to amaze me.  Today I spent a healthy number of hours on the couch sleeping - my body can't quite keep up with the pace that my passion creates, so I have to catch my breath once in awhile. 
     I've been enjoying doing my new blog.  I have challenged myself to connect with the natural world around me more and to write about the transformation - in my inner and outer life.  When I'm in town and can actually get out there and do it, the effects are profound.  I am a happier, healthier and more satisfied woman.  The demands of our many projects and commitments keep me in my head too much and my spirit suffers.  There's something about being outside and in the garden that balances that for me and renews my energy.  After four days of Grammy red carpet galas it's been awhile since I actually put shovel to earth and trust me, it shows!  I wouldn't exactly say I'm glowing tonight, but I'm sure I'll get it back with just an hour of weeding.  You can take the earth mother to Beverly Hills, but you better get her back to the Texas Hills asap.     
     Grateful for simple pleasures,
  And a blurb from Chris:
     I've never been much of a fisherman, but living on the island in sight of the great barrier reef was a true joy, and fishing was the pleasure of the day.  Of course it was made easy with Jerry Jeff's island guy Armando who drove the boat, baited the hook and cleaned the fish!  We caught enough snapper every morning for lunch and dinner, and went night fishing once for huge snapper, horse-eyes and reef shark.  I should also mention that Armando's wife Marie then cooks the fish and sets the table!  Tough duty.  It can all be yours, by the way.  When Jerry Jeff and Susan are stateside their beautiful home is for rent by the week with Armando and Marie.  It sleeps 10 and is the most beautiful setting I've ever seen.  Follow the photo tour here to see what I mean.
     I followed my Recording Academy Trustee wife to the Grammys last weekend, and had a ball.  It's our third year, so we're old hands.  Highlights...meeting Geoff Emerick, the engineer that recorded the Beatles, seeing Tony Bennett giving Quincy Jones a hug two rows in front of me, hearing Leonard Cohen recite "The Tower of Song" and having a lovely conversation with Nashville studio legend Harold Bradley and his wife.  Like I said, tough duty.
     See you at the gig.


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