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

The oak trees have completed their messy spring cycle of leaves and green fuzz (all Austin cars have a green tint in March and April), the chance of a late frost is virtually nil, tomatoes and peppers are reaching for the sky, winter onions are seeding out and ready for the fridge to survive the summer, and our giant agave century plant is blooming with an asparagus-like stalk that's growing at least a foot per day!  Our bass player and pal David Carroll has taken it upon himself to try and rid our back 40 of rampant bamboo.  It's fighting back, popping up in a circle around each work area.  Aaargh.  Garden pictures are online here, if you'd like to follow along. 

It's a busy month for us, lots of shows and sessions and trips.  Christine heads to Florida and California (good routing...) while Chris locks himself in the studio with artists including Casey Yeager, Bob Livingston, Lesli Wood and Sarah Smith. 

Christine is also launching a new tradition this month - "Second Wednesday with Christine" at Artz Rib House in Austin.  Artz has the best ribs in the state and is one of south Austin's favorite music venues.  Christine will be joined by David Carroll on upright bass and the legendary Paul Glasse on mandolin.  Paul played with Christine for nine years and has been a part of the French band for decades now!  You can expect to hear French music, old songs of Christine's, eclectic covers and maybe even a few A&G songs.  Don't forget you can still find Chris at the Donn's Depot piano every Monday night with a cavalcade of stellar musicians who stop by to share a song or two. 

We hope to see you out and about.  Our music is available at MoonHouse Records, and video is streaming at Albert and Gage.  In the coming days we will be posting a new recording of "Wings of War", the song we wrote with Steve Brooks about Christine's uncle - Richard A. Albert - who died during World War II.  It will be available to download for free throughout the month of May, in honor of Memorial Day.  The Wings of War Page will contain not only the song, but links to a video that is in the works, an article that Christine is writing, news about the Albert and Gage performance in Wangford, England on October 9, etc.  It will evolve throughout the month, so check back often.  Thanks for your patience.  Our plates are full but we are determined to get this song out there this month.  In addition to Ms. Albert's vocals, the recording features Brad Fordham on bass,  Steve Samuel on drums, David Carroll on background vocals and Chris Gage on everything else. 

Thanks again for your support. 
Chris and Christine


The Southern Forest Heritage Museum, Long Leaf, Louisiana
photo by Chris Gage

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May 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.

Wed. May 5 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX  First Wednesday with Albert and Gage
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 -1
Fri. May 7 Central Market - Austin, TX - Albert and Gage Band under the oaks pre Mother's Day!
  
(with David Carroll and Paul Pearcy)
   4001 North Lamar - Austin, TX 78756
   With a special check presentation being made to Swan Songs from AseraCare Hospice!
   Thank you AseraCare!
6:30-9 pm
Sat. May 8 KFAN Radio appearance - Fredericksburg, TX
   Listen live at www.texasrebelradio.com
1:30 pm
The Odeon Theater - Mason, TX
  
122 S. Moody Mason, TX 76856 - 325-347-6781
   www.theodeontheater.com      email: concerts@theodeontheater.com
   Lovely hill country venue!
7 pm
Sun. May 9 The Great Outdoors - Austin, TX          Mother's Day Concert!
   Albert and Gage under the oaks at the loveliest nursery in town.
   Mother's Day, flowers, sunshine, afternoon singing.
2-4 pm
Mon. May 10 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
   Chris and Christine's 7th Anniversary!
9 -1
Wed May 11 Special Event! Chris plays with Bill Small to celebrate the release of his Chris Gage produced CD, "The Next Time", at The Mean Eyed Cat in Austin. Congratulations Bill! 7-9 pm
Wed. May 12 Artz Rib House - Austin, TX      "2nd Wednesday at Artz with Christine Albert"
   Christine begins a new tradition - Ms. Albert will be expressing her inner feminine muse - singing some old, some new, some French songs.  Joined by David Carroll on upright bass and Paul Glasse on mandolin!
7:30-9:30
Thurs. May 13 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Gruene, TX
   Gruene Hall Anniversary Show   www.jerryjeff.com
 
Sat. May 15 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Gulf Shores, AL
  
Hangout Festival   www.jerryjeff.com
 
Mon. May 17 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
9 -1
Sat. May 22 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        Chris Gage Band   
   (Christine has to miss this show - she will be helping her parents move; David Carroll    and Paul Pearcy will be there and Chris will get some other fine someone to join them all) 
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
9 -1
Mon. May 24 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
9 -1
Tues. May 25   Christine attends The Recording Academy Trustee meeting in California (5/24-28)  
Mon. May 31   Donn's Depot closed for Memorial Day  

Coming up next month!

June 5 - Christine Albert Band at Donn's Depot - Austin
June 6 - Sunset Valley Concert Series - Austin
June 9 - Christine Albert at Artz Rib House
June 12 - Words and Voices Concert Series - Marshall, Texas
June 13 - Albert and Gage close the Kerrville Folk Festival!
June 26 - Red Willow Band in Sturgis, SD

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:
    
Last month I wrote that I had just returned from moving Chris's mom to an assisted living facility in South Dakota.  Today I have just returned from Florida where we are preparing my folks for a move to live with my sister and her husband.  I'll be back there for ten days in May so Chris will cover a Donn's gig without me.  Thanks again honey!  From there I go straight to a Trustee meeting for The Recording Academy in California, so I will miss two weeks of Austin's May glory.  Hopefully I'll get to see the agave bloom, but if not I know that Chris will keep me informed with his iPhone. 
     I've been going through things with both Chris's mom and my parents and I love hearing the stories and the history of certain items - for instance, the three feet tall brass candlesticks from my grandparents.  My dad just told me that my grandfather bought them straight off the ship he was unloading as a teenager for extra money down at the port in Niagara Falls.  Apparently, in my family things don't fall off the truck, they fall off the ship!  I brought home some Revere Ware (my dad designed for Revere for 37 years) steel storage containers that we used for leftovers before the days of Tupperware and Ziplocks.  We probably won't put food in them but we'll find a spot and they will remind me of my childhood - which is the beauty of parental hand me downs.       
     Happy Mother's Day.
     Love to all, Christine
  And a blurb from Chris:
     It's been a pleasant spring in Lake Wobegon.  Wait, I mean Austin, Texas.  It's been cool enough to dine outside.  We have nice little outdoor tables here at the house and at the studio.  When studio bands take a break, they want to eat, and it better not be too healthy!  One of the joys of our neighborhood is the abundance of local take out food within a mile or two from us.  Brian Langlinais had a soul band in the studio a week or two ago, and the usual pizza and tacos ideas were being yawned at, so I sent someone down to El Pollo Rico on Stassney and South First.  You drive through a little shack drive thru and order "pollo entero", whole chicken.  Wow.  Charcoal chicken that comes with corn tortillas, rice and beans, grilled whole onions, limes and 2 of the finest hot sauces in Texas...all for 13 bucks!  Then you get good and greasy in the tiki hut dining area of MoonHouse Studio.  In the springtime it's perfection, in August...well, you want to do something else. 
     Christine's off to help her parents get settled in new digs, and we'll have a chance to check in on my mom when Red Willow Band plays in Sturgis SD on June 26.  This month sends a happy happy birthday to my dad (May 14) and my incredible sister Patty (May 15).  Happy birthday to you! Happy Mother's Day to Darleen, Phyllis, Betty, Loretta, Gwen and Christine!
  
     See you at the gig.
     Chris

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