Albert and Gage - At Anderson Fair


John Conquest


3rd Coast Music      March 2004

Had you asked me, anytime over the last 15 years, who I regarded as the most professional musician in Austin, you’d get the same answer:  Christine Albert, who, in whatever format, has consistently given the most reliable return on an entertainment dollar.  She always has ace musicians, checks nonmusical baggage at the stage door, offers a shrewdly selected and sequenced mix of originals and covers and can read and work a room like nobody’s business. 

Hooking up with the singer and multi-instrumental virtuoso Chris Gage only enhanced these qualities as this live performance, at the legendary Houston club, demonstrates.  Backed by Paul Pearcy drums and Brad Fordham bass, Albert & Gage’s infectious personal and musical chemistry makes them even more than the sum of their parts as they romp energetically through a 16 song set that ranges across space and time to include Chrissy Hynde’s Thumbelina, Leiber & Stoller’s Black Denim Trousers, Gram Parson’s Return of the Grievous Angel, Ray Charles’ It Should’ve Been Me, Charlie Rich’s Who Will the Next Fool Be, Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose, Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s Dallas and Jesse Stone’s Don’t Let Go

If you go to see Albert & Gage looking for moody angst, you’re in the wrong place, because when the lights go down, it’s show time!