August 2010

Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

Albert and Gage are staying close to Austin this summer.  We enjoy the heat...?... Anyway, there's a show this month at a new Austin venue for us, the New World Deli - we've heard great reports from fellow artists.  Please come see us there and help make it special.  We're back at the legendary Gruene Hall on Sunday afternoon August 15.  It's always a fun afternoon and we end up pulling lots of old country tunes out of our Levi's pockets.  The trusty gigs are still in place - Chris every Monday at Donn's Depot, Albert and Gage first Wednesday at Donn's Depot, and Christine's Second Wednesday at Artz Ribhouse.  We'll be touring in the fall, so try to come hang with us during August.  Please visit our website, which is  

MoonHouse Records artists include Albert and Gage, Christine Albert, Michael Austin, Red Willow Band and Abi Tapia.  Thank you for being "patrons of the arts"!   You can now download our music through our website without logging on to iTunes.  Visit the MoonHouse Records website for song samples and an easy purchase options for CDs, digital album downloads and t-shirts.  Already checked it out?  Click here to go directly to the store. 
MoonHouse Studio is getting a backyard fence all around, trees trimmed and a sidewalk running around the building to get to Studio B without going through the mud.  We're very blessed to have our friends Lisa and Mark "land banking" with a corner lot and allowing us to pursue our recording adventures.  This month Chris is finishing up a simple but lovely Cowboy Johnson CD, Casey Yeager's debut release, continuing to whittle on Sarah Smith's first record, and has an opportunity to work on the soundtrack for a PBS film called "Texas Olive Trails." The studio has its own website as well... 

If you missed it last month here's a repost:
We are very proud that Christine Albert's French Show has been approved for inclusion on the new Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Texas Touring Roster for the Sept 2010 - August 2012 season.    So, if you know of a school, non-profit, etc that would like to host Ms. Albert's French Show, please keep this in mind.  The deadline for Arts Respond Performance Support Grants performances occurring December 15, 2010 - March 14, 2011 is November 1, 2011. (Insider tip - you can also apply for funding for an A&G show through Christine's account, since Christine is the Albert in Albert and Gage!)
The TCA provides grants to arts presenters, schools, libraries, theaters and other non-profits throughout Texas to help with the cost of bringing in artists from the roster.

August 2010
Full show schedule online here.
Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Mon. Aug 2 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
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Wed. Aug 4 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX 
     First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  

    1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
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Mon. Aug 9 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 
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Wed. Aug 11 Artz Rib House - Austin, TX
     "2nd Wednesday at Artz with Christine Albert"
2330 South Lamar  Austin, TX 78704 -  512-442-8283
     Ms. Albert singing some old, some new, some French songs.
     With David Carroll on upright bass and Chip Dolan on piano!
Fri. Aug 13  


Happy Birthday Chris Gage 56
Sat. Aug 14 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        Albert and Gage Band  
     (with David Carroll and Paul Pearcy) 
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
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Sun. Aug 15 Gruene Hall - Gruene, TX      Afternoon Show
Texas' oldest dance hall  1281 Gruene Road 
     New Braunfels, TX 78130          (830) 606-1281
Mon. Aug 16 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    
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Thurs. Aug 19 New World Deli - Austin, TX
     4101 Guadalupe Austin, TX 512-451-7170
     A new venue for us - great food, full bar, early show!
Sat. Aug 21 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Minneapolis, MN - Zoo Music Series
Mon. Aug 23 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    
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Fri. Aug 27 Anderson Fair - Houston, TX
     2007 Grant Street - Houston, Texas    832-212-4057
9 pm
Mon. Aug 30 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    
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Coming up next month!   More shows and more details at our website

9/1 - Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
9/5 - Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - ZiegFest Music Festival - Bryan, TX
9/8 - Christine at Artz - Austin, TX

9/14, 15 - Chris involved in taping more music for Texas Olive Trails PBS film
9/16 - New World Deli - Austin, TX
9/18 - Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
9/24 - Central Market - Austin, TX

Check out Christine's blog - "As Grows the Garden"   
an experiment in making a commitment to something for no other reason than to satisfy a creative longing to write and to dig in the dirt.
A note from Christine:
I always go back and read what I wrote the previous month to make sure I'm not being redundant.  (In case The Department of Redundancy Department is checking our newsletter.)
     It's been a big month.  A day after I wrote that note I embarked on a new journey as Executive Director of Swan Songs - on a part time, trial basis - to give it some extra nurturing it needs and deserves. The work is gratifying and exciting and completely connected to my soul.  I've been attending workshops to learn about grant writing, organizing future events, building our web presence, networking with other hospice organizations and learning a lot!  You'll be hearing more as we grow and fly. 
     A couple of days after that I had a health scare that put me in the hospital for 36 hours - a "complicated migraine event" is the official diagnosis for an episode that had a few too many characteristics of a mini-stroke, so they slapped a hospital wrist band on me and put me through a battery of tests.  One more MRI to go but I'm feeling good and have a new found respect for my body's "slow down, girl" messages.  Staying close to home and quietly working on Swan Songs came at the perfect time.      
     Love to all,
  And a blurb from Chris:
     I had an anxiety attack last week when I realized I was booked to play a fiddle tune (yes, on the FIDDLE) at a show that was being taped for possible inclusion in the PBS film "Texas Olive Trails".  I hadn't picked up a fiddle in over 10 years, for very good reason...I'm not very good at it!  The kicker was not going to be the cameras, I got over that fear with over 100 appearances on Hee Haw.  No I was freaked because the guitar player in this particular ensemble was to be Grammy award winning flatpicker Dan Crary.  Fortunately I was also playing the accordion, dobro and mandolin on the show, which are all more comfortable in my hands.
     In the end, it all came out okay, and was a fun gig.  To learn more visit

     See you at the gig.


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