Christine Albert | Paris, Texafrance

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Paris, Texafrance

by Christine Albert

Classy, swinging acoustic music sung with grace in French and English. "Like a waltz across Texas with Maurice Chevalier".
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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1. Swing Troubadour
3:40 album only
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2. I Shouldn't Care
2:39 album only
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3. When You're Away
3:34 album only
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4. The French Song
3:27 album only
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5. Chante-Moi
3:51 album only
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6. L'Air De La Louisiane
3:19 album only
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7. Don't Cry
3:17 album only
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8. French Waltz
3:25 album only
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9. Un Prince En Avignon
3:00 album only
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10. Y'a De La Joie
2:51 album only
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11. Hymn To Love
4:31 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Europe is in my blood and Texas is in my soul, so they come together in my music. The journey began in 1992 when we put a band of musicians together in Austin and recorded “Texafrance”. What could have been a one time musical experiment took on a life of its own and “Texafrance-Encore!” was released in 2003. They say the third time’s a charm, so voila! Christine Albert

1. SWING TROUBADOUR
Charles Trenet was a prolific French music icon known for his eccentric and spirited songs, and a true “singer/songwriter” who only performed his own songs - which was unusual for his time.

2. I SHOULDN'T CARE / J'M'EN FOUS PAS MAL
I love the slinkiness of this song and it was a perfect fit for our 110 year old grand piano.

3. WHEN YOU’RE AWAY / QUAND T’ES AILLEURS
Our friend Michael Austin’s song has always had the beauty and vibe of a French song and holds its own next to Piaf and Trenet. (Special thanks to David Gershater for kick starting the translation process.)

4. THE FRENCH SONG
Recorded in 1963 by Canadian artist Lucille Starr with Herb Alpert in the producer’s chair, this was a surprise international hit. I couldn’t resist its mountain chanson charm.

5. CHANTE-MOI (Edith Piaf; English lyrics Mack David)
Although I just recently discovered this Edith Piaf song, I know it will stay with me for a lifetime.

6. L'AIR DE LA LOUISIANE
Post-Katrina, Jesse Winchester’s song has an even more profound beauty.

7. DON'T CRY / C'EST D'LA FAUTE À TES YEUX
Piaf recorded the English version of this in New York on December 1, 1950. I can imagine her blowing away those American musicians in the studio that day.

8. FRENCH WALTZ (Adam Mitchell)
I heard this in the 70’s on Nicolette Larson’s first album and it felt like “my” song. I pictured my French grandmother sitting at her window in Paris, waiting for me to visit (which I eventually did, many times).

9. UN PRINCE EN AVIGNON
A friend in Austin gave me a live recording of Walter Hyatt singing this with Uncle Walt’s Band at Waterloo Ice House in Austin in 1980. Walter moves through my heart every time I sing it.

10. Y’A DE LA JOIE
Trenet’s lyrics contain images verging on psychedelic as he sings about joy in the face of life’s harsh realities. Writing the translation for his one-of-a-kind song was a joyful challenge.

11. HYMNE A L'AMOUR / HYMN TO LOVE
This is more than a song to me, it is a prayer. Edith Piaf wrote it after her lover perished in a plane crash, transforming her grief into a masterpiece.

Merci beaucoup to my mother, Betty Albert, for her help with translations and comprehension; to Lisa Rolke, Mark Turner and the army of people who helped us create the new MoonHouse Studio; to the musicians who played with such “je ne sais quoi”; and to Chris Gage, who knows how to coax music, love, life and passion out of me every single day.

This music is for Lily, my sweet French grandmother. How she loved her Paris.

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John Book/The Run-Off Groove

A masterpiece, Americana (with a French twist) at its best
Christine Albert has brought together her love of Texas with her French roots and has come up with an album that is sure to be favored by more adventurous Americana listeners. Paris, Texafrance (Moonhouse Records) is an album full of great country, bluegrass, and folk, some of it sounding like it comes from a time long gone and yet still very familiar to anyone who listens to these styles.

What I get out of this album is a sense of roots and family. When Albert sings in French she does so with honor. When she sings in English she does so with grace, and one can imagine every cowboy and businessman saluting her because she may remind them of home. Her music sounds familiar and warm, and perhaps those who have seeked her music for the last few years come to hear just for those reasons. Imagine a mix of Linda Ronstadt and Barbara Mandrell and you have a good sense of what Albert is capable of doing, but in her own unique way. The songs themselves are a diverse selection of songs that have a common thread running through, all of them chosen because they meant something to Albert, whether it was a song that reminded her of her grandmother or citing a song like "The French Song" (recorded by Lucille Starr) that became a surprise international hit. Each show a love of her culture, but the country flair adds a unique quality to these songs. When the direct approach is taken, it also works extremely well, as it does in her rendition of a song Edith Piaf made famous, "Chante Moi". Albert handles it with a lot of conviction, and even if like myself you don't speak French, you can sense the sorrow and longing of some of these songs which have been brought back to life, or perhaps the old wardrobe has been replaced by the new.

I hope Paris, Texafrance brings to Albert a lot of attention for this very bold project. In a live setting, it would be great if she was able to have former Duhks singer Jessee Havey sit in on a song or two. It is Americana at its best, and I hope people who like good down home music will appreciate this for the masterpiece it will become in the next ten to twenty years.
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