Black Music Matters Festival

Christine Albert

Underneath the Lone Star Sky – 1995 (Dos)

Reviewed by Joel Bernstein

CDs by Christine Albert

Christine Albert is a veteran female singer who remains virtually unknown outside of her home turf. Albert represents Austin country, with lots of fiddles and some Tex-Mex accordion (courtesy of the legendary Ponty Bone).

Albert wrote or cowrote many of the songs on her album, and even if she herself never makes it onto mainstream radio (she sings a little higher and thinner than Hot New Country generally favors) some of her songs, such as "Take It To The Heart" are ripe for covering. There's also a truly inspired cover selection, a country version of the original teenage tragedy tune, "Black Denim Trousers." This is a tasteful and well-done album that is worth seeking out.