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

Our biggest accomplishment this month (besides a major personal project and lots of studio work) was the digital release of our song, "Wings of War".  Written by Chris, Christine and Steve Brooks, the song tells the story of visiting Christine's uncle's grave at The American Military Cemetery in Cambridge, England.  Chris created a lovely video, featuring some items Christine discovered while helping her parents move.  She would scan and email them to him and the timing was perfect as they helped personalize the video in a powerful way.  We appreciate all of the comments we have received.  It seems the telling of one family's story struck a nerve in many who have experienced a loss or sacrifice of their own.  Thank you for sharing your stories with us. 

Note: The links to download "Wings of War" in the last email did not allow saving (thanks, Jeff).  The song, video and more about Wings of War can be found at

Red Willow Band plays at The Knuckle in Sturgis, South Dakota June 26 so we'll be heading north and will get to check in with Chris's mom in Pierre as well.  Who's that you ask?  

MoonHouse Studio is rocking with projects by Bob Livingston, Casey Yeager, Sarah Smith, Mike Jackson and we've done some local jingle work for a new producer in town. 

Thanks again for your support. 
Chris and Christine

Pensive backyard gnomes, Austin, Texas.
photo by Chris Gage

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June 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. Jun 2 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX  First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
   with David Carroll jiving on upright bass
9 -1
Sat. Jun 5 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        Christine Albert Band  
   (with David Carroll, Paul Pearcy, Cam King and Patterson Barrett!) 
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 pm
Chris is in Oklahoma with Jerry Jeff Walker - Winstar Casino
Sun. Jun 6 Sunset Valley Concert Series - Sunset Valley, TX (south Austin!)
(with David Carroll and Paul Pearcy) 
   Sunset Valley City Hall - 3205 Jones Road - Sunset Valley, TX 78745
A&G kick off this outdoor concert series - event happens rain or shine because we play on a covered porch.  So bring your umbrellas or your sunscreen!
7:30 -
9 pm
Mon. Jun 7 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
9 -1
Wed. Jun 9 Artz Rib House - Austin, TX
   Christine continues a new tradition - "2nd Wednesday at Artz with Christine Albert"
Ms. Albert will be expressing her inner feminine muse - singing some old, some new, some French songs. 
7:30 -
9:30 pm
Sat. Jun 12 Words and Voices Concert Series - Marshall, TX
   Blue Frog Grill - 101 W. Austin St. Marshall, TX 75670      903-923-9500 
7 pm
Sun. Jun 13 Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville, TX
Marshall Ford Swing Band, Dana Cooper, Two High String Band,
   Stonehoney, Albert and Gage
A&G close the festival and lead the audience in the singing of Bobby Bridger's "Heal in the Wisdom".  We're honored to be a part of this tradition!
7 pm
Mon. Jun 14 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX          Every Monday Night with Chris Gage and friends
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
9 -1
Fri. Jun 18 Anderson Fair - Houston, TX
2007 Grant Street - Houston, Texas    832-212-4057
9 pm
Sat. Jun 19 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Stockdale, TX - Watermelon Festival
Mon. Jun 21 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. Jun 26 Red Willow Band - Sturgis, South Dakota        The Knuckle Saloon Pavilion
   931 1st Street Sturgis, SD 57785 - 605-347-0106 for tickets and information
Red Willow reunion show in the hills! DD and The Fayrohs open the show! 
7 pm
DD & The Fayrohs

9 pm RWB
Mon. Jun 28   No Donn's - Chris in SD!  Kenny Luna performs.   

Coming up next month!

July 5, 12, 19, 26 - Chris Gage at Donn's Depot on Mondays
July 3 - Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker in Nova Scotia
July 7 - Albert and Gage First Wednesday at Donn's Depot
July 8 - Christine Albert at the Central Market Cooking School
July 14 - Christine Albert 2nd Wednesday at Artz Ribhouse, Austin TX
July 24 - Albert and Gage Band at Donn's Depot

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:
Chris failed to mention in his letter that he also created the video of "Wings of War" while I was gone.  The guy is a force of nature.
     My parents are happily settled in with my older sister Susan and her husband Carl.  I can't say it was an easy task to move two households in at the same time, but in an attempt to work around all of our schedules it had to happen that way.  It turns out a team of sisters can move mountains, or at least a lifetime of antiques, photos, quilting supplies, artwork and Revere Ware!   
     While looking through a box of items related to our Uncle Dick, we found a telegram to my grandparents announcing the birth of a baby boy in December 1945, whose middle name was Richard.  My dad told me that was the son of my uncle's best friend in flight school and during the war.  Through the magic of the internet we found not only the baby (now 64 and living in Ohio) but his father, who is still alive and lives in Pennsylvania.  I called and told him about "Wings of War", the memorial to my uncle we have discovered in Wangford, UK, and I will read a beautiful poem I found that he had written in honor of Dick when we play in Wangford on October 9th.
     A song truly does have a life of its own.     
     Love to all, Christine
  And a blurb from Chris:
     I've been holding down the fort while Christine has been helping her parents get settled in a new home with her sister in Florida.
     It's a totally different routine when you're home alone I've discovered.  The unnerving thing is that if you leave in the morning and work all day, upon entering the house you find that it's exactly as you left it, and for me that's not necessarily a good thing.  I miss the woman's touch that's for sure.  (Around the house I mean...well...). 
     I did manage to keep all the plants alive, the cat happy and the checking accounts above zero. I even managed to run the dishwasher several times and get the laundry started (just in time for her to come home and finish it correctly). 
     We discovered streaming Netflix through a Wii console (thanks, S and D), and I got hooked on late night re-runs of News Radio, Arrested Development and Lost (which I'd never seen). I think the cat wonders why the tv gets louder when Momma's out of town...
   Anyway, she's home, we both survived and we're trying to get back to our usual crazy routine.  And, hey, at least we have each other.  Enjoy your partner, if you've got one, and just turn up the tv if you don't. 
     See you at the gig.


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