News from the musical world of Christine Albert and Chris Gage
JUNE/JULY 2015

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors, salutations from the MoonHouse in beautiful Austin, Texas where Christine is finally home, the roof and broken window are being fixed, the kitchen is getting a good spring cleaning, Chris is on overdrive in the studio and playing non-stop gigs and the rains have slowed down for at least a few days.  More is in the forecast!  We have been very fortunate in that a leaky roof is the worst we have suffered...not the case for many fellow Texans. 

We'll head to Colorado for what's really more of a vacation than a tour - two gigs in Winter Park (a beautiful wedding and a community afternoon gathering) and some time with family.  We'll be ready....for mountain air and slow conversation on the porch. 

We also go to Minneapolis (where Chris attended college and joined the Musicians Union for the first time), to open a show for Jerry Jeff Walker at the wonderful "Music at the Zoo" series there.

Of course it's Bastille Day month so Christine is putting together her French band for a celebration at The French Legation Museum in Austin on July 11, hosted by the Alliance Francaise of Austin.  Bring the family, blankets, chairs, and your dancing chaussures.

Our weekly gigs at Donn's, El Mercado and Strange Brew continue to bring great crowds, cool guests and joy to our little hearts! 

Photos this month are of one of our heroes, mister Guy Clark. One with Jerry Jeff, one with Rodney Crowell....Chris shot these a couple years back.  Have you ever heard "Out in the Parking Lot"?  Amazing song.  youtu.be/ksrf79kyN1g

As always, thanks for the support!
Chris and Christine

Mon 6/29 Mystery Monday at El Mercado

1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704    512-447-7445     7:30 - 9:30 pm
This week: 
Bill Kirchen is gone for most of July; Jimmy LaFave joins Christine as the guest co-host, along with Andrew Pressman on bass and Anthony da Costa on guitar this week...

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano

1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336     9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Special guests from all over the world!!
chrisgage.biz/donns     Donn's Depot     Esquire TV

Wed 7/1 No Strange Brew - No First Wednesday at Donn's (back on July 8th)
Fri 7/3 Albert and Gage play a lovely wedding in Colorado!
Sat 7/4 Winter Park, CO - A&G at Cooper Creek Square; 1 - 4 PM
Mon 7/6 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704    512-447-7445     7:30 - 9:30 pm
This week:  Lost Gonzo's Bob Livingston and John Inmon join Christine and David!

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano
1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336     9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Special guests from all over the world!!
chrisgage.biz/donns     Donn's Depot     Esquire TV

Wed 7/8 Strange Brew - Chris Gage & Friends
5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636     6:00 - 7:30 pm
This week: Chris Gage, Chip Dolan, David Carroll, Paul Pearcy
strangebrewloungeside   
chrisgage.biz/strangebrew

Donn's Depot  --  Christine Albert and Chris Gage
1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336     9:00 pm - 1:00 am

Sat 7/11 Christine Albert's French Show -
Alliance Francaise d'Austin celebrates Bastille Day!!

The Cow Beret Orchestra will include Chris Gage, Chip Dolan, Javier Chapparo, David Carroll and Art Kidd!  
afaustin.org/bastille-day-2014/

6-10 PM - Chico Chico also performing - food, wine, activities for kids, a lovely event!

Sun 7/12 Chris plays in the band at Riverbend Church  9:30 am
Mon 7/13 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704    512-447-7445     7:30 - 9:30 pm
This week: 
Jimmy LaFave will be joining Christine as the guest co-host with Redd Volkaert on guitar and David Carroll on bass.

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano
1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336     9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Special guests from all over the world!!
chrisgage.biz/donns     Donn's Depot     Esquire TV

Wed 7/15 Strange Brew - Chris Gage & Friends
5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745  
512-828-7636     6:00 - 7:30 pm
This week: Albert and Gage acoustic trio show with David Carroll!
strangebrewloungeside   
chrisgage.biz/strangebrew
Sun 7/19 Chris plays in the band at Riverbend Church  9:30 am

private wedding
Mon 7/20 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704    512-447-7445     7:30 - 9:30 pm
This week:
Jimmy LaFave will be joining Christine as the guest co-host, with John Inmon on guitar and David Carroll on bass.

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano
1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336     9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Special guests from all over the world!!
chrisgage.biz/donns     Donn's Depot     Esquire TV

Wed 7/22 Strange Brew - Chris Gage & Friends
5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745  
512-828-7636     6:00 - 7:30 pm
This week:  Mitch Watkins, Chris Gage, David Carroll and guest drummer David Sierra!
strangebrewloungeside   
chrisgage.biz/strangebrew
Sat 7/25 Donn's Depot  --  Albert and Gage Band
1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336     9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sun 7/26 Chris plays in the band at Riverbend Church  9:30 am
Mon 7/27 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704    512-447-7445     7:30 - 9:30 pm
This week:  Bill Kirchen is back!!

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano
1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336     9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Special guests from all over the world!!
chrisgage.biz/donns     Donn's Depot     Esquire TV

Wed 7/29 Strange Brew - Chris Gage & Friends
5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745  
512-828-7636     6:00 - 7:30 pm
This week: Special guest Karl Werne celebrates the release of his new CD - "This Little Notebook." 
strangebrewloungeside   
chrisgage.biz/strangebrew
Fri 7/31 Chris plays with Jerry Jeff at the Minnesota Zoo - Albert and Gage open the show!!!

A note from Christine:

     "Summertime, and the livin' is easy..."  Well, it's not exactly lemonade on the veranda and reading novels all day on the beach, but compared to the pace I've been living for the last two years I feel like I'm on vacation. My service as Chair of the National Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy is complete, although I hope to do some committee work and contribute to the organization I have come to love and believe in.  But, this frequent flyer won't be taking as many phone meetings at the gate, answering quite the same number of emails or keeping as many details in my brain. 
     My family, friends, home, work, music, garden and Swan Songs have been patiently waiting for my focus to shift their way.  I'm still catching up and clearing piles, but we're getting there!  Swan Songs is preparing for our 2015 Serenade with Delbert McClinton in October and welcoming passionate new board members, officers and staff who are taking it to new heights...or at least we're gliding gracefully down Swan Lake.
     I am grateful for the experiences of the last two years and eagerly embracing the new chapter that has begun.
     Love, Christine  

 

A blurb from Chris:

     I've had an extremely busy June, actually.  The studio has been filled with music makers including Kiya Heartwood, Jimmy Ruggiere, Stuart and Hilary from The Flyin' A's, Tony Airoldi, Richard Paul Thomas, Scot Robinson, Bobby Cameron, Dustin Welch, Joel Guzman, Glenn Fukunaga, Paul Pearcy, Jimmy Shortell, Warren Hood, Sam Baker, Chip Dolan....whew, no wonder I'm tired.
     I've also had a few extra gigs around town filling in for pals on vacation.  I enjoyed extra nights at Donn's Depot with Craig Calvert and Frank Cavitt, as well as a couple Fridays at the Four Seasons with Craig.  Calvert and Gage, we call ourselves....
     After our fun little trip to Colorado this week to play and spend time with my sister Patty and her husband Rob, including dinner with niece Erin and her family I'll be coming back home to lock the studio door and do a bunch of mixing, where I take all the musical parts we've recorded recently and (hopefully) crank out a couple fine CDs for the artists that have trusted me to do so.  I'll be in my cave for a while, where it's cool and quite.  Nice.
     See you at the gig!
     Chris

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