Albert and Gage e-Newsletter July 2010
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Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

Our digital single "Wings of War" was very well received and we appreciate all the emails and shared stories.  Thanks to all the radio shows that featured it during their Memorial Day programming.

Albert and Gage continues to carve out a space amidst the studio, Jerry Jeff gigs, Swan Songs, French music, Grammy board work, family demands, etc.  This summer we are hanging around Texas until our October European tour.  Christine is playing a little more sans Chris, so watch for opportunities to hear her with a slightly different focus and vibe.  The muse is waking up and we're working on songs for the next album - no guarantees when that will appear! 

We are very proud 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.  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. 

So, if you know of a school, non-profit, etc that would like to host Ms. Albert's French Show, please keep this in mind.  The deadline for Arts Respond Performance Support Grants performances occurring Sept. 1 - Dec. 14 is August 1.

Central Market Cooking School will be featuring Christine's grandmother's Olive Wine Chicken recipe that appeared in "Music in the Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Austin City Limits Performers" this Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 PM!!

There are still seats available and Christine will be there to watch, eat, learn, sing a bit and talk with Chef Vance Ely as he teaches the class.  More info below!  Sure to be a tasty, informative, fun evening. 

The cookbook is full of great pictures by Austin City Limits photographer Scott Newton and is available at

Red Willow Band (featuring Chris Gage) played The Knuckle in Sturgis, South Dakota June 26th and the turn out was fantastic.  1,000 Red Willow Band fans from 28 different states came and danced under the full moon in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.  The boys already have several offers for next year, so it looks like the magic will keep on happening.  For those who don't know, RWB was a band that Chris was in from 1974-1982.  Based in South Dakota they traveled the country but were especially loved throughout the Midwest.  Click here to check out their music on "Reunion", A CD/DVD of a live concert produced by South Dakota Public Broadcasting in 2006. 

Red Willow Band is on Facebook

Jerry Jeff Walker took us to Belize in January for a week of sun and music as part of his Camp Belize concert series.  Chris took some beautiful video on the trip and produced a music video, set to "Down in Belize" from his new Moon Child album, that we gave to Jerry Jeff and Susan on JJ's birthday this year.  They've posted it on their website to let people see what the week is like.  Here's your chance to see it on YouTube.  Click here

Austinites - watch for a cameo appearance of a singing Pam Golightly, and a shot of Christine basking on the beach in her Camp Street Cafe t-shirt from one of our favorite venues in Crockett, Texas

Check out our other videos at or

MoonHouse Records artist and traveling songbird Abi Tapia makes her home in New England now, so those of you in that area really need to check her out.  She has a great website - - where you can find her tour dates.  She also has a healthy dose of wanderlust, so she regularly shows up in other areas of the country and has a charming blog about her travels. 

MoonHouse Studio is in full swing this summer with Bob Livingston, Casey Yeager, Cowboy Johnson and Sarah Smith.  Chris has plans to start creating content to pitch to TV shows for background music.  He'd like to write music for the Food Network...the best of both his worlds. 

"Tall Ship Silva - Halifax Harbour"
photo by Chris Gage

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July 2010 Show 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.

Sat. Jul 3 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Canso, Nova Scotia
The Stan Rogers Festival
Mon. Jul 5 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
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Wed. Jul 7 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
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Thurs. Jul 8

Central Market Cooking School - Austin, TX
   The second in a series of classes from Glenda Facemire’s wonderful book, Music in the Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Austin City Limits Performers, features Chef Vance Ely leading a cooking class that includes Christine's French grandmother's chicken recipe. Ms. Albert will be there to serenade, chat and eat!!  Seats are available.  Make your reservations now here.

Baguette with Artichoke Dip; Rigatoni with Black Pesto; Lily’s Olive Wine Chicken; Boeuf Bourguignonne; Corn Soufflé; and B.B. King's German Chocolate Cake
6:30 pm
Sat. Jul 10 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker
Mon. Jul 12 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
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Wed. Jul 14 Artz Rib House - Austin, TX
"2nd Wednesday at Artz with Christine Albert"
   Celebrate Bastille Day at Artz with Christine, David Carroll and special guest Chris Gage on piano and accordion.  Texas + French music = Texafrance music!
Fri. Jul 16 private event  
Mon. Jul 19 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
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Wed. Jul 21 private event  
Fri. Jul 23 private event  
Sat. Jul 24 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        Albert and Gage Band  
   (with David Carroll and Paul Pearcy) 
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
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Mon. Jul 26 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
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Coming up next month!

August   4 - First Wednesday at Donn's (A&G)
August 11 - Second Wednesday at Artz (Christine)
August 14 - Donn's Depot with the band (A&G)
August 19 - New World Deli - Austin (A&G)
August 21 - Chris in Minneapolis with Jerry Jeff
August 27 - Anderson Fair - Houston (A&G)

More shows and more details at our website!

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.

A note from Christine:
I finally had a few days to catch my breath this past weekend while Chris was traveling to a far away corner of the continent for a Jerry Jeff gig.  It feels like the first time in forever that I have had three consecutive days with no one expecting me or needing me.  I cleaned up my diet, cleaned out my closets, did some housecleaning in my cluttered mind and enjoyed the rain and my cat.  When I slow down and get quiet it shows me how congested my life usually is, trying to fit so many things in on so many fronts. 
     I have two friends in hospice care right now and sang at the memorial for another friend on Friday.  Life is fleeting; I really don't want to miss mine by running through it on overdrive.  My gardening blog is a step in the right direction, although with the rain and the travel I have not been as consistent as I had planned. 
 As a matter of fact, the garden is calling me now.  And maybe a cup of tea before I go out there.  Look at me being slow and savoring the moments!
     Love to all,

     PS Now that's a first.  Chris has more to say than I do!  He's usually the reticent lad while I am the jabber gal.  Role reversal after my weekend of solitude, I guess.
  And a blurb from Chris:
     Happy Independence Day.  I had an amazing couple of weeks recently with a lot of travelling.  It's good to be home, where the temps are heating up and the air conditioner is fixed.
     I enjoyed making music with my old bandmates from the Red Willow Band.  We really did have a special chemistry that is still there 30 odd years later.  Being back in the Black Hills is always a treat. 
     I checked in on my mom is Pierre, South Dakota.  She stays in her corner in a comfy recliner and is most happy to receive visitors for a short while at a time.  She looks great, but can't see well enough to admit that that's true!
     I then had a heavy travel schedule to get to StanFest in Canso, Nova Scotia to meet up with Jerry Jeff.  A highlight was an intimate afternoon concert where he pulled out a bunch of wonderful songs that he doesn't usually do in concert.  Morning Song for Sally, Little Bird and Mr. Bojangles are among my favorite songs of all time. 
    The finishing touches happened both weekends on small airplanes.  Last week the pilot flew us right past the faces of Mt. Rushmore, and then on the 4th of July our plane landed at Newark, having flown right past the Statue of Liberty.  And...I was on the right side of the plane both times.  Better than fireworks.
     See you at the gig.


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