News from the musical world of Christine Albert and Chris Gage
May 2012

Coming to Fredericksburg this week
Austin Acoustical Cafe (May 12) and The Great Outdoors on Mother's Day

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors, salutations from the MoonHouse in beautiful Austin, Texas,

We have a busy month ahead, with several Albert and Gage shows, two trips to LA for Christine, and Chris' busy studio schedule mixed in with Jerry Jeff Walker gigs.  Our 9th anniversary will be spent 1,000 miles apart so we'll do our toasting a week early - the only day off together we can find. 

We have a rare listening room appearance in Austin on May 12th at Austin Acoustical Cafe and we'll play Mother's Day at The Great Outdoors again on May 13th. We got married Mother's Day weekend 2003, so those gigs will be a celebration of sorts.

The plans for "Albert and Gage's Alpine Adventure Tour" are shaping up!  Fans are invited to join us for the Swiss portion of our October European tour.  This ten day trip (October 13-23 - including the travel days to and from Zurich), will feature plenty of Albert and Gage shows throughout Switzerland, sightseeing with an emphasis on a non-touristy experience, hanging out with locals, eating great food, touring a winery, visiting a watchmaking museum, etc. We need commitments by May 18 in order to confirm that the trip has enough folks to go on.  Deposits will not be due until it's all set.  Details can be found here.

In honor of our wedding anniversary, the photo essay is titled "The Early Years".  Ha!  We've been playing music together since 1995, we hope you enjoy these old photos.

Our song, "I Used to Be Lonesome" is featured in this "Austin Pets Alive" video.  Glory needs a home! Very sweet.  Thank you to Stu Phillips, who creates these videos for APL.  Watch it here.

As always, thanks for the support and happy spring to you,
Chris and Christine
 

Come along on Albert and Gage's
Alpine Adventure Tour

A musical journey through the Swiss Alps!
October 13-23, 2012

...more information here 

Albert and Gage

May 2012
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 2 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
    First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
   
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 -1
Thurs. May 3 St. Barnabas Episcopal Church - Fredericksburg, TX
    601 West Creek St. Fredericksburg, TX 830-997-5762
    BYOB & FOOD Cabaret style concert - open to all!
    cwdeaton@aol.com - for more info
7:30 pm
Mon. May 7 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
   
 Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
    Visit the "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" photo page
9 -1
Thurs. May 10   The Gage's Anniversary!  
Fri. May 11 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Dallas, TX        jerryjeff.com  
Sat. May 12 Austin Acoustical Cafe - Austin, TX
    Lamar Activity Center / 2874 Shoal Crest Blvd / Austin, TX
   512-474-5921 - for more information - to purchase tickets

  We're looking forward to doing our concert show at this wonderful new
    smoke free listening room in Austin. 
7 pm
Sun. May 13 The Great Outdoors Nursery - Austin, TX
    
2730 South Congress Ave Austin, TX 512-448-2992
    http://www.gonursery.com/
   The tradition continues!  A Mother's Day concert under the oaks in the middle
   of the most serene, lush, soulful nursery in south Austin. 
2-4 pm
Mon. May 14 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
    Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
    1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
9 -1
Wed. May 16 Central Market - Austin, TX
    Westgate Location!

    "Christine Albert's French Show"
    ...as part of a month long celebration of international cuisine!
   with David Carroll, Chip Dolan and Paul Glasse
6:30-9 pm
Fri. May 18 Central Market - Austin, TX
    4001 North Lamar Blvd
/ Austin TX 78756
   512-206-1000  for more information
   
"Christine Albert's French Show"
   ...as part of a month long celebration of international cuisine!

   with David Carroll, Chip Dolan, Paul Glasse and Paul Pearcy
6:30-9pm
Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Gruene, TX        jerryjeff.com  
Sat. May 19 Christine Albert Band Donn's Depot - Austin, TX    Christine Albert Band
    
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
   Ms. Albert flying high with a stellar band - David Carroll, Paul Pearcy,
   Chip Dolan and the incomparable Jake Langley on guitar!
9 -1
Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Gruene, TX        jerryjeff.com  
Mon. May 21 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
   Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
   1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
9 -1
Mon. May 28   DONN'S DEPOT CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY  
Wed. May 30 Sun City Ballroom - Georgetown, TX
    
2 Texas Drive Bldg A Georgetown, TX 78633
   Cabaret style seating - bring your own libations and picnic meal!
   Open to all - you don't have to be a resident of Sun City...
   For more information: kristin.brown@sctexas.org; 512-417-1733
6-8 pm

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"The Christine Albert Band at one of the Waterloo Ice House grand openings (1996)"

MoonHouse Records  Visit the MoonHouse Records website for the latest CDs by Albert and Gage, Christine Albert (including the entire "Texafrance" series), Red Willow Band CDs and DVDs,  Michael Austin, Abi Tapia and some old dusty gems.  Hey there's even t-shirts. 


Guy and Pipp Gillette

MoonHouse Studio News  Chris had his production and musical hands all over these two CDs, one by The Gillette Brothers from Camp Street Cafe in Crockett, Texas, and the other by H2L, a couple of young strapping bull riders from Amarillo. 

    

He also recently spent a couple days recording with Michael Boesen from Copenhagen, Denmark, with the Mystiquero rhythm section of Bill Small and Ray Rodriguez and will be back in the MoonHouse working on tracks for Richard Paul Thomas, Carrington McDuffie and Sarah Smith.


"Our first photo shoot with Todd V. Wolfson"


"Self portraits from a bus mirror in Scotland"


More shows and more details at our website

June 9 Third Coast Studio - Port Aransas
June 10 Kerrville Folk Festival
July 6 Winter Park, CO
Sept 8 The Open Door - Arlington, TX
Oct 13-23 Alpine Adventure Tour
Nov 2 Uncle Calvin's - Dallas, TX
Nov 3 Crossroads Music Co - Winnsboro, TX

A note from Christine:     
  
  Good morning.  It's 5:30 AM and I can't sleep so rather than toss and turn, fretting about the newsletter that needs to get out, I thought I'd just get up and write my letter!  Chris has been waiting on me to write this for two days so here I go.
     A month seems to just fly by.  But then, a year does too - and a decade - and three decades - and a lifetime.  A friend was referring to 1992 in a conversation recently and I said "wow, that was already ten years ago." Then I realized it was actually twenty years ago!  I think that the only chance we have of slowing time down is to be more present for each moment instead of always rushing towards some mythical and elusive destination.  But that's easier said than done.  I'll start here and now by noticing the piles on a cluttered desk, the tickle of the early morning air stirred by a small fan, the barking of the neighbor's restless dog, a slight headache reminding me that I need sleep, the half finished lyrics to some new songs that are my constant companion as I write and rewrite in my head.  This is not a huge, profound moment, but it's one that I will never get back so I'd better pay attention to it in all its petty, typical, mundane glory. 
     And now, I will be completely present as I say - good night.          
    Love, Christine

  And a blurb from Chris:
     It's a great time of year in Texas.  Visit quick if you're planning to come, because it's fixin' to get hot!  Right now the tomatoes are starting to turn red, the pear tree is starting to need a bit of fruit trimmed off before the branches break (not gonna let it happen this year), the beets and turnips are literally popping out of the ground and the chard is reaching for the sky.  I've made it part of my evening wind down routine to stand out there and water by hand.  It's a good thing for the garden and for me. 
     Lots of great music being made in and around my world, and lots of good things going on...Christine and I are writing some new material, I'm in the middle of several studio projects for singer/songwriters, I've got a couple trips coming up with Jerry Jeff Walker, including Atlanta, Minneapolis and Vail, Donn's Depot got blessed with new red carpet so everyone's happy there, I've discovered the Food Saver system so my freezer is full of leftovers (sometimes I just cook to make leftovers), my family all seem well enough, little Brody is growing like a weed, my kids still like me...hey, I'm not going to complain today.  I was even recently the voice of a singing cupcake for a greeting card.  You just never know. 
     See you at the gig.
     Chris

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