Review:

Albert and Gage - Burnin' Moonlight

Kerry Dexter

CountryCompass.com    July 2001

Texas Music: Albert & Gage Burn Some Moonlight by Kerry Dexter

Vibrant Texas duo offers folk, rock, jazz and western swing on new release

     Chris Gage and Christine Albert are well known on the club circuit and around their hometown of Austin, Texas, vibrant live performers who can cut to the emotional heart of a song one minute and lift an audience with laughter the next. They've captured these talents for a wider audience on their latest CD, Burnin' Moonlight. Their harmonies are both soulful and engaging, and their songwriting vivid,. The first lines of Time Files, the opening cut, evoke a small town street in just a few words to lead into a song of roads and reflection. Hey Jimmy is a gentle elegy to a friend who's passed on. Albert takes the lead in another song of emotional journeys set to an insistent beat in Tumbleweed, while the duo's moving harmonies take center stage in the gritty tale told in Standin' at the Wall.  Life is a Miracle shows the duo's lighter side, as does their jazzy, funny cover of Dan Hicks' Up, Up Up, long a favorite of audiences at their live performances. The title tune, showcasing Gage's relaxed tenor, is a bit of swing from the song bag of Steve Carter, Ron Hicks, and Erik Moll. The duo offers an original swing tune with a western flavor, I Used to be Lonesome, and close the twelve song collection with a lovely, understated version of Bob Dylan's May You Be Forever Young.

    Albert and Gage have been a duo since 1996 and have toured with alt country troubadour Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Albert received national air play for her solo disc, Underneath the Lone Star Sky, and has appeared on Austin City Limits and The Texas Connection. Gage has toured with Gilmore and Roy Clark, and his own Red Willow Band. The duo maintain a regular slate of appearances in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Holland, France, Slovenia, Belgium, Italy and Australia as well as in the United States.

     side notes:   Some of the cover photographs were taken by fellow singer songwriter Sara Hickman, and Stingray, a company she and her husband are involved with, designed the visual packaging of the disc. A tight collection of Austin musicians, including drummer Paul Pearcy and bassist Glenn Kawamoto, back up Albert and Gage on Burnin' Moonlight.

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