As we say farewell to 2011 - a year of loss mixed with bounty - we welcome 2012 and wish for you and yours an abundance of creativity, vitality and love.  May your year be filled with contentment and purpose.

News from the musical world of Christine Albert and Chris Gage
January 2012

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors, salutations from the MoonHouse and Happy New Year to one and all.  This turn of the corner finds us safe, healthy and happy in Austin, Texas (knock on wood).  We had an incredible holiday with visits from family and friends, lots of fabulous food and a new grandbaby to shower with gifts.

We have established a few New Year's gig traditions - our Barker House Concert NYE show, Jerry Jeff's first Saturday of the year at The Grand Theater in Galveston and playing Waldo's in Waco.  We'll be there this Friday the 13th (yikes-scary!);  Saturday the 14th we play The Bugle Boy in LaGrange.  If you haven't experienced this place, do yourself a favor.  Truly special.

This month's photo essay is entitled "The Faces of Rolke Ranch".  Lisa Rolke and Mark Turner (you may have seen Mark's back side in "Harold and Kumar - Escape from Guantanamo") have been an incredible help in getting us into our new studio property, and we pay them back by occasionally staying at their ranch and eating all their food!  In the meantime, Chris keeps his camera at the ready and we're proud to share a few images from Rolke Ranch.  Easter's coming...we'll be singing at the sunrise service on the hill. 

Valentine's is coming up and Christine will be performing her annual French Show at the American Legion Hall around the corner from Donn's Depot.  Tickets are starting to fly out the door for this romantic indoor picnic opportunity.  Learn more and order your tickets HERE

Thanks for your support.
Chris and Christine

January 2012
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. Jan 7 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Galveston, TX
Mon. Jan 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    
     Visit the "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" photo page
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Fri. Jan 13 Waldo's Coffeehouse Concert Series - Waco, TX
     Waldo's Facebook page / for more information

     The amazing Grace London will be opening!
     (Amazing for any age, but she happens to be 12)
     4209 N. 27th Street / Waco, TX
7:30 pm
Sat. Jan 14 The Bugle Boy - La Grange, TX

     1051 N. Jefferson St (Hwy 77) La Grange, TX 78945         979-968-9944
8 pm
Mon. Jan 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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Sat. Jan 21 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
     Albert and Gage Band with Paul Pearcy and David Carroll 
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
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Mon. Jan 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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Mon. Jan 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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"The winner of the Miss Rolke Ranch Beauty Pageant 2011.....Number 280!"
Photo by Chris Gage - Rolke Ranch, Franklin, TX

each month we 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. 

  Our guitars run through Daren Appelt's incredible Red-Eye instrument preamplifier. 
  Christine updated the Swan Songs Photo Gallery recently
  Christine's son Troupe with his band SPEAK on KXAN TV  
  Chris performs with Walt Wilkins - "Seven Hillsides" at the Saxon Pub in Austin


MoonHouse Records  Visit the MoonHouse Records website for the latest CDs by Albert and Gage, Christine Albert (including the entire "Texafrance" series), Red Willow Band CDs and DVDs,  Michael Austin, Abi Tapia and some old dusty gems.  Hey there's even t-shirts. 
MoonHouse Studio  The Gillette Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Flyin' A's have all finished their projects.  Woo hoo!!  After a week of recording with Aaron Watson, (the "Honky Tonk Kid"), over at Asleep at the Wheel's Bismeaux Studio, and a Jerry Jeff trip to Galveston, Chris will be back in the MoonHouse working on tracks for Richard Paul Thomas, Sarah Smith, Davin James and Bob Cheevers.  That's right, doin' a little name dropping. 

A special and heartfelt thanks to Chan Chandler, the Renaissance Bubba.  Between stage managing at Carnegie Hall and herding Rockettes at Radio City he finds time to hustle up projects from both coasts to funnel into the MoonHouse for some South Austin Sweetening.  Yee Haw.

"Abandoned Doggy Finds the Perfect Home"
Photo by Chris Gage - Rolke Ranch, Franklin, TX



"What Are You Lookin' At??"
Photo by Chris Gage - Rolke Ranch, Franklin, TX

More shows and more details at our website

Feb 14 Christine Albert's Annual Valentine's French Show    
Feb 18 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Shreveport, LA
Feb 24 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Midland, TX
Mar 3 Albert and Gage - Unitunes Coffeehouse Concert Series - Houston, TX
Apr 6 Albert and Gage - Camp Street Cafe - Crockett, TX
Apr 27 Albert and Gage - Central Market North - Austin, TX

A note from Christine:     
     My friend Christina Fajardo sent me an email yesterday with the subject "One Little Word 2012".  She wrote "Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2012?...The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is YOUR word."  The word I chose was "softness."  Softness, as in earth, intuition, rest, gentleness, trust, receptivity, humor.  I wasn't sure a word would come to me, but indeed it did and the layers of what it conjures up for me keep revealing themselves.  Thank you, Christina. 
     As the year gears up and I dive into busy-ness and business, I have my 2012 mantra.  When I feel myself getting wound too tight and that brittle edge appears (you know what I'm talking about, Chris)...softness.  Ah! There! It's working already.
     Our holidays were amazing - full of friends, children, grandchildren and family. On Christmas Eve we had all our kids, my sister and mom, my sister-in-law and nephew from my first marriage and Chris's first wife.  We are a classic, modern, extended family!

Betty Albert and Susan Eilenberg


  And a blurb from Chris:
     Fast away the old year passes. Fa la la la la.  Still here, still kickin', still in love, still making music, still travelling, gardening, cooking, gigging and producing. 
     I've been filling the freezer with bulk food from Costco using my new Food Saver Vacuum Packing machine that I asked for for Christmas last year and finally got this year!  I'm also ready to try making homemade sausage with the KitchenAid grinding attachment I got from my son, and some homemade chicken stock in the beautiful stainless steel Vollrath stockpot from Ace Mart Restaurant supply.  Thanks, Sam! 
     Still making runs down to Buda to visit my Mom at the wonderful facility that keeps her comfortable and fed.  Poor thing...she can't stand crowds and noise.  Christine and I arrived over the holidays to put on a little Christmas show for the residents and Mom was over in the corner with her hands over her ears.  She perked up a little bit when we started to sing and the conversation noise subsided.
     My Dad visited just before the holidays and we had a chance for a real sweet 4 generations of Gage boys photo.  Priceless. 

Dale, Casey, Brody and Chris Gage

See you at the gig.

"Jack Ball Elf Survives a Trip To The Country"
Photo by Chris Gage - Rolke Ranch, Franklin, TX

Films by Chris Gage

A Lizard's Lunch

Our iguana, Kroix eats her lettuce lunch to the surf styling's of The Barracudas (1993).

It's A New Couch

We still have this couch.  Fast motion silliness as Marley Forman and I bring in a new couch to the music of the Nash Hernandez Orchestra.

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.  T


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

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 February 1, 2012 for performances March 15 - June 14, 2012. (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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