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Texas duo Albert and Gage (Christine Albert and Chris Gage) have a personal
and musical chemistry that radiates from the stage. The joy they experience
making music together is evident as they travel through their musical roots,
moving from country and folk to blues and French chansons. The integrity of
their musicianship and the rare blend of their voices create a unique and
cohesive sound as Gage effortlessly switches from guitar to piano and
accordion throughout their set to follow the mood of the music.
songwriter Jimmy LaFave once described Christine as a “wondrous singer with
a beautiful focus and unrestrained grace.” She had a prolific recording
career as a solo artist before meeting Gage, including the acclaimed
“Texafrance” series, a bilingual tribute to her European family roots.
Christine’s most recent solo CD “Everything’s Beautiful Now” explores the
richness of loss, an issue she deals with every day as Founder & CEO of Swan
Songs®, a non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes. Ms. Albert has also
served for 10 years on the national Board of Trustees of the Recording
Academy (known for the GRAMMY Awards®), eventually rising to the position of
Chairman of the Board and currently serving as Chair Emeritus. In addition,
Christine serves on the Board of Directors of Musicares® and the Latin
the Academy of Texas Music’s “Musician of the Year 2011” is no stranger to a
tour bus, spending many years on the road with Red Willow Band, Roy Clark
and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and continues to play lead guitar on tour with Jerry
Jeff Walker, in addition to his Albert and Gage shows. He’s a member of the
South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an inductee into the SD Friends
of Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Gage has been in the all-star house band
on Austin City Limits Hall of Fame show for the last two years, and received
2 honorable mentions in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll.
Christine own MoonHouse Studio in south Austin, where the “Maestro”
maintains a full schedule as an in-demand producer and musician, most
recently co-producing Jerry Jeff Walker’s latest release “It’s About Time”.
Since teaming up in 1996 the couple has released six Albert and Gage albums
on their own MoonHouse Records label, as well as their solo projects and
releases by other artists.
Monday night in Austin you can find Christine and Chris holding court at
separate popular residencies. Christine and guitar legend Bill Kirchen host
“Mystery Monday” at El Mercado, featuring a great band and a special guest
each week. When that closes down, music lovers migrate to Donn’s Depot,
where Chris Gage sits at the grand piano surrounded by regulars every Monday
(for 23 years), while a surprising and spontaneous string of guests come up
to join him for a few songs. Chris also maintains a rocking residency as
“Chris Gage and Friends” at The Backstage at El Mercado in Austin on
“Live Music Capital of the World” Chris and Christine have carved out an
enduring place for themselves and their music.
Christine Albert..."has it all: charm,
authenticity, good material, true humility, beauty, talent, sex appeal, intelligence and
on and on. A real class act."
Austin Chronicle / Austin, Texas
Chris Gage is a "...songwriter, singer, dobro player,
ace guitarist, keyboard player, mandolin picker, and a generally electric powerhouse with
inspiration to spare." Sweet Potato / Minneapolis, Minnesota
has released six independent
albums including the "TEXAFRANCE" trilogy,
bilingual tributes to her European heritage and love of the French chanson.
Her most recent release "Everything's Beautiful Now" made the
Top Ten Local Releases in 2014 list in the Austin American-Statesman. She has appeared on Austin City Limits and
The Texas Connection, written and performed her own "Don't Mess With Texas" ad
and was featured in the popular Bluebell Ice Cream television commercial. In
1996 Christine was voted Female Vocalist of the Year at the Kerrville Music
from upstate New York and later Santa Fe, New Mexico, Christine moved to Austin, Texas in
1982. A committed community activist, she was Co-founder of the Austin Songwriters Group
and has served on the board of The Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy and The Austin Rape Crisis Center.
Christine is the Founder of “Swan Songs”, a non-profit
that fulfills musical last wishes by organizing private concerts
for individuals with a terminal illness. Ms. Albert also
served for 10 years on the national Board of
Trustees of The Recording Academy, the organization that presents the GRAMMY
Awards, eventually rising to the position of Chairman of the
Christine hosts the wildly
popular weekly Austin event "Mystery Monday" at El Mercado, with
co-host Bill Kirchen and guests
like Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and Rosie Flores and are
is a consummate musician, singing with
strength and conviction while masterfully sparking the duo with hot guitar, piano and
accordion. Originally from South Dakota, Chris was the founding member of the still
beloved 1970s Midwest country swing band, Red Willow Band.
After releasing two
albums with Red Willow Band, he embarked on a lengthy stint as a sideman, moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma to
play piano with Roy Clark for eight years, appearing on The Grand Ole Opry, The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson)
and Hee Haw, as well as accompanying Clark on a 1988 tour of the Soviet Union.
Gage moved to Austin in the early 90s, and
after a brief theme park stint as musical director became
band leader for Jimmie Dale Gilmore (playing guitar and piano) for three years, with
performances on The Tonight Show (Jay Leno), Conan OBrien, and at such esteemed
venues as Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall.
In 2011, the Academy of Texas Music proclaimed Mr. Gage "Musician of the Year".
An in-demand studio musician and
producer, Gage produces the recordings of Albert and Gage as well as other artists,
plays lead guitar with Texas legend Jerry Jeff Walker and hosts a popular
Monday night hang at Donn's Depot in Austin, Texas as well as a weekly
concert at The Backstage at El Mercado Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.
"From George Jones and Tammy Wynette
to Richard and Linda Thompson, male-female duets are one of popular music's most
delightful permutations. And the Austin-based duo of Christine Albert & Chris Gage
easily slot right in with the best. Their vocals intertwine like two passionate lovers
- the two are a couple offstage as well - and their performances are an
upbeat celebration of songs and the art of singing them. Albert's
honey-drenched voice is one of the best in Austin, gracing everything from a
CD-length salute to her Swiss-French roots to Bluebell Ice Cream ads. The
South Dakota-bred Gage is a multi-instrumental wizard who has played with
Roy Clark and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and his rich tenor complements Albert's
voice like a graceful bow. Their two CDs and stage shows include everything
from memorable originals to choice cover material. An evening with the two
is a fun and heartwarming experience in which music truly is the food of
Patterson / Houston Press by