February, 2011

Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

Happy New Year to all our friends, fans, family, colleagues and neighbors!  Chris is back from Belize, having snorkeled with sharks and rays and barracudas, Christine is back from Florida having organized a garage sale with Mom and Susan, Chippy the kitty is happy to have us home, and it's colder than a frozen margarita here in Austin, Texas.  Chris dives into the studio while Christine takes her rock star son Troupe on a weekend date to the Grammys in Los Angeles.  That's our life in a nutshell.....

Chris' "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" got a very nice review in the Austin American Statesman recently.  Read it online here.  Visit our website to learn more, see more videos, listen to song samples and take the most recent photo tours

We have a new track featured on a Swedish compilation - Hemifran's  "More Music from Home".  Christine wrote the song "Calling Me Home" and we recorded it in 2010 at MoonHouse Studio.  Click the CD cover for more info about the CD, or click here to hear our song. 

We've also licensed several of Christine's French recordings to a label in Taiwan, China for inclusion on two compilations. Record locally, release globally!

MoonHouse Records  Visit the MoonHouse Records website for song samples and easy purchase options for CDs, digital album downloads and t-shirts.  FYI - The "Texafrance 3-Pack" is available for just $37 and Dakota Lullaby CD/T-shirt package for $25. 
MoonHouse Studio   Chris is diving into a fun project this month with his pal Chan Chandler who records songs from the Paramount Films catalog with Austin musicians.  This latest batch includes a little Elvis and a little Little Richard.   moonhousestudio.com 

"Paradise Found"
photo by Chris Gage

February 2011
Full show schedule online here.
Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Wed. Feb 2 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
     First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 -1
Sat. Feb 5  

Paramount Theater with Sara Hickman - Austin, TX
     719 Congress Ave  Austin, TX
     Chris leads the band for Sara's CD release for The Best of Times, a          compilation featuring thirty some-odd Texas musicians covering Sara's songs...Albert and Gage perform "Take Me with You" from the project.  Concert features Robert Earl Keen, Patrice Pike, Ruthie Foster and more!
For tickets and more information click here

8 pm
Mon. Feb 7 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
     Visit the "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" photo page
9 -1
Wed. Feb 9 Artz Rib House - Austin, TX
"2nd Wednesday at Artz with Christine Albert"    
     With David Carroll, Paul Glasse and Chip Dolan
     Lots of French music in honor of Valentine's Day!  
7:30-9:30 pm
Fri. Feb 11 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - One World Theater - Austin, TX
Mon. Feb 14 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
Due to changes at The Wild Basin and Christine's attendance at The Grammys, we have decided to take a break from the Annual Valentine's Day French Show this year.  We promise it will be back and encourage you to enjoy the romance of Chris Gage and his Monday night gig at Donn's Depot.  Christine will also feature her French music at the monthly Artz show on February 9.  Thank you for understanding!
9 -1
Fri. Feb 18 Anderson Fair - Houston, TX 
     2007 Grant St. Houston, TX  832-212-4057 www.andersonfair.com
     Another of our favorite rooms!  
9 pm
Sat. Feb 19 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - private event  
Sun. Feb 20 Albert and Gage - private event  
Mon. Feb 21 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336        
9 -1
Sat. Feb 26 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
Mon. Feb 28 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
9 -1

European tour 2010 photos online now! albertandgage.com/tourphotos

"Wings of War"

"Dakota Lullaby"

"When You're Away"


Dakota Lullaby CD

Dakota Lullaby

Jerry Jeff Walker
video by Chris

Jerry Jeff Walker
Moonchild CD






Austin City Limits Cookbook

Swan Songs fulfills musical wishes at the end of life.  Concerts are offered free of charge by request, and there have been some very profound moments.  Click here to view Jim Swift's story about Swan Songs that appeared on KXAN News in Austin on September 30, 2010.  To learn more or donate visit swansongs.org


Coming up!   More shows and more details at our website

Mondays Donn's Depot / Austin, TX - Chris Gage
March 4 Albert and Gage at Uncle Calvin's / Dallas, TX
March 5 Albert and Gage at Barnes House Concert / Houston, TX
March 18 Albert and Gage at The Bugle Boy / La Grange, TX
March 26 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Paramount Theater / Austin, TX
March 27 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Gruene Hall / Gruene, TX
April 8 Albert and Gage at Red Dragon Listening Room / Baton Rouge, LA
April 15 Albert and Gage at Central Market North / Austin, TX
April 22 Albert and Gage at Camp Street Cafe / Crockett, TX
April 24 Albert and Gage at Rolke Ranch Sunrise Service / Franklin, TX
May 21 Albert and Gage at Wildflower Festival / Richardson, TX
July 9 Red Willow Band at The Knuckle  / Sturgis, SD
July 16 Albert and Gage appearing on Folk Stage / Chicago, Illinois
July 17 Albert and Gage at The Woodstock Folk Festival / Woodstock, Illinois

The TCA provides grants to arts presenters, schools, libraries, theaters and other non-profits throughout Texas to help with the cost of bringing in artists from the roster.

A reminder that Christine Albert's French Show has been approved for inclusion on the new Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Texas Touring Roster for the Sept 2010 - August 2012 season.  So, if you know of a school, non-profit arts organization (grants are not available for fundraising events), etc that would like to host Ms. Albert's French Show, please keep this in mind.  The next deadline for Arts Respond Performance Support Grants is May 1, 2011 for performances June 15 - August 31, 2011. (Insider tip - you can also apply for funding for an A&G show through Christine's account, since Christine is the Albert in Albert and Gage!)

Christine and Professor Jacki Thomas of Texas A&M - Kingsville are developing listening comprehension exercises as a companion to the Texafrance music - perfect for the classroom or for individuals learning French on their own.  More soon about "Texafrance - Ecoutez!" 

Check out Christine's blog - "As Grows the Garden"   
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.

(I actually posted something in December and January!! - CA)

A note from Christine:
Austin feels like a frozen tundra this morning.  I wanted to stay in bed reading, but after a week in Florida visiting my family and trying to keep up with business from afar, the to-do list is long and the day is short.  So I've got my tea and the computer will be my home base today.
     I have been a Trustee on the national Board of Trustees of The Recoding Academy for several years now, but I am terming out in May.  This will be my last opportunity to attend The Grammys in the style to which I have become accustomed (great seats, invitation to wonderful pre-Grammy events - thanks Academy) so this year I am taking my son Troupe Gammage with me as my date.  He is in the band SPEAK, and they are on the brink of their first national release with Atlantic Records.  Lots of folks have asked me about their music.  Here's a link to a cool video of one of their songs.  Troupe is the singer - you might recognize his mama's blue eyes.  Who knows, maybe in a few years I can be his guest at The Grammys and he'll be a nominee.       
     Love, Christine

  And a blurb from Chris:
     That's right, I snorkeled for the first time. I spent five days with Jerry Jeff Walker and his wife Susan at their home on Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize.  The weather was perfect, I fished every morning, ate snapper every day at noon, read a couple books, and took a jillion pictures, although ost of them look just like the ones I took last year at this time!  Jerry Jeff hosts "Camp Belize" every year for two weeks and fans come from all over the world to attend.  Most said they'd seen my video "Down in Belize" that I gave Jerry Jeff for his birthday last year.  They're using it at jerryjeff.com to help spread the word about Camp Belize. Watch it here if you haven't seen it yet.  San Pedro is a special little village, and the people are the friendliest you'll ever meet. 
     There was a South Dakota couple at the show that were both wearing Red Willow Band t-shirts from a reunion show in 1993...I signed one of the shirts and it is hanging proudly from the thatched roof of Wet Willie's bar in San Pedro.
     Now, it's back to work for me. 
     See you at the gig (I hope).

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