August 2011

Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

It is HOT in Texas

We are laying low and staying out of the heat with only a couple shows later in the month.  Chris is busy running out on the weekends to join Jerry Jeff Walker around the country for some cool festivals, will be at Donn's Depot every Monday and Wednesday the 10th and Christine is taking some personal time off.  The studio is in full swing with a couple projects, and more are in the works.  It's too HOT to do any more than this.

Speaking of Jerry Jeff Walker - mark your calendars now for a Swan Songs fundraiser featuring Jerry Jeff at The Gibson Showroom in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, October 19th.  This is a rare opportunity to hear Jerry Jeff in an intimate venue and to support Christine's non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes in central Texas.  Visit the Swan Songs events page to order your tickets. 

In case you missed it...
each month we'll feature a few links to past reviews, current interesting tidbits, creative playscapes of our own or others...just some stuff you may have missed as the world swiftly spins. 

Swan Songs Photo Gallery
"A Texas Band in Europe" by Christine Albert
Chris Gage discography
"Its a New Couch" a film by Chris Gage


MoonHouse Records  Visit the MoonHouse Records website for our latest CDs, Red Willow Band CDs, older Albert and Gage releases and Christine Albert gems.  Or...come to the shows and stock up for Christmas! 
MoonHouse Studio  Chris is busy recording Beatles songs for a wonderful new website that provides interactive apps for kids of all ages called Storychimes.  Remember reading along in a book at school, then you hear the 'ding' and you turn the page?  Well, there's an app for that.  Check out their website

The View from Jerry Jeff's Airplane Sunday
6500 feet over Oregon - photo by Chris Gage

August 2011
Full show schedule online here.
Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Sat. Aug 6 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - private Oregon
Sun. Aug 7 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Salt Lake City
Mon. Aug 8 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 10 No Artz Rib House for Christine

Chris Gage plays Donn's Depot
      with David Carroll (upright bass) and Steve Bernstein (sax)

Sat. Aug 13

Happy Birthday Chris Gage

Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Massachusetts

Mon. Aug 15 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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Sat. Aug 20 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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Mon. Aug 22 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 26 Houston - Anderson Fair
 2007 Grant Houston, TX 77006          831-212-4057
9 pm
Sat. Aug 27 Houston - private event  
Mon. Aug 29 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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"Wings of War"

"Dakota Lullaby"

"When You're Away"


Dakota Lullaby CD

Dakota Lullaby

Austin City Limits Cookbook

Jerry Jeff Walker
Moonchild CD

MoonHouse Records

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Swan Songs fulfills musical wishes at the end of life.  Concerts are offered free of charge by request, and there have been some very profound moments.  Click here to view Jim Swift's story about Swan Songs that appeared on KXAN News in Austin on September 30, 2010.  To learn more or donate visit

Coming up!!  A special fundraiser for Swan Songs with the legendary Jerry Jeff Walker on October 19th in Austin, Texas.  Visit the Swan Songs events page to order your tickets. 

Jerry Jeff Walker videos
Watch for a film called "OK Buckaroos" about Jerry Jeff Walker's life.  Chris Gage will be featured in live concert and studio footage, and they even used some of our Belize camcorder footage. Click the pics above to watch a movie trailer or a music video from the studio.  The mandolin player in the music vid is Jimmy Ibbotson from the original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. 
Red Willow Band videos

Finally Hit Bottom
SD Public Broadcasting 2006

Illinois Public Broadcasting 1980
Films by Chris Gage

Jerry Jeff Walker - Down in Belize

A beautiful collection of video clips from Jerry Jeff's home on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, and the neighboring town of San Pedro.

Chris' latest short film is a collection of street musicians filmed during travels in the US and abroad.  There's a young gymnast on the streets of Memphis, "Ave Maria" performed on the streets of Dresden by a classical trio, an incredible duo of violin and piano performed by marionettes in Galway, Ireland and a blues singing dog.

Coming up!   More shows and more details at our website

Sept 7 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX with David Carroll   
Sept 9 JAX Neighborhood Cafe - Austin, TX  Chris Gage Trio
Sept 10 Urban Campfires - San Antonio, TX
Sept 14 Artz Ribhouse - Austin, TX   Christine Albert Trio
Sept 16 Central Market - Austin, TX
Sept 17 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX    with David Carroll and Paul Pearcy   
Sept 19 No Donn's Monday, so sorry
Nov 5 Rear Window Listening Room - Ganado, TX
Nov 6 Rawhide Trail House Concert - Austin, TX
Nov 11 Brazos Valley House Concert - 100 miles from Dallas
Nov 12 Open Door Coffeehouse- Arlington, TX

A note from Christine: 
     (from her blog 10/4/10)

     Yoga instructor Rodney Yee says that balance is not a static thing - you fall out of balance and come back into balance...there is constant motion and fluidity. I notice that in my life and in my garden. Just when I've given up hope on myself or my shrimp plant, the rain will fall, a friend will say the perfect thing, a gift will appear that is exactly what I need, the weather will cool and suddenly my stressed plant or spirit are full of life and vitality. The hard part is trusting that.
     My mother-in-law now lives at a facility close to us and she is getting more of my attention than my garden. She has Alzheimer's and as her mind begins to unravel she becomes more and more childlike and wears her heart on her sleeve like never before. She has a way of leaning in to Chris, my husband and her son, and sitting forehead to forehead for awhile - she seems to find that comforting. The other night I received a blessing from a joyful Tibetan lama and he did the same thing - forehead to forehead for a profound moment of connection. Wherever we find the support to empty our minds and lighten our burdens, we should lean into it.
     With temperatures in the high 90's for the last couple of months, issues with migraine headaches, too much on my plate and too many mosquitoes, I wasn't leaning into my garden. As the weather shifts and the temperature drops I find myself wandering around out there or simply sitting on the porch being still, seeking balance.
    ... the garden will have to wait once again. It's always there when I return though, waiting to bless me as deeply as a Buddhist monk...and he would be the first one to remind me of that.
     We'll see what next month brings.
     Love, Christine   

  And a blurb from Chris:
     We came home from our tour up north to find the garden and yard decimated from the heat and drought here in Austin.  A couple plants proved hardy enough to survive...not surprisingly the Habanero Pepper plant was hanging in there, as well as sage and lemon basil in the shade garden.  Every lawn in our neighborhood is as brown as a a paper sack. 
     Which was odd, just having returned from my home town where the water is just gushing from the emergency spillways at the Oahe Dam, which in turn floods the low lying areas of Pierre, South Dakota, including my mom's former apartment along the Missouri River.  Her friend and neighbor Judy got us past the stern looking border patrol guy down to the homes along the water.  Mom's beautiful patio along the Missouri has become a mud pit bordered on the north by a 6 foot wall of sandbags (right outside the sliding door) and a 10 foot earthen levee that has managed to keep almost all the flood waters at bay. 

     We heard untold stories of community involvement, good Samaritans and out and out local heroism.  Good work, South Dakota.  I wish we could pipeline some of that raging river water down here to the dry lands. 
     How high's the water Mama?  Five feet high and rising.
     See you at the gig.

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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.


A reminder 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 arts organization (grants are not available for fundraising events), etc that would like to host Ms. Albert's French Show, please keep this in mind.  The next deadline for Arts Respond Performance Support Grants is August 1, 2011 for performances Sept 1 - Dec 14, 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!)


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