July 2011

Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

Red Willow Band reunites in Sturgis and Pierre, South Dakota. 
Get your dancing shoes shined up, friends!

We are looking forward to our journey to South Dakota.  Chris will play with Red Willow Band and we'll do several Albert and Gage shows in SD, the Chicago area and Fayetteville, AR.  Lots of details on the shows in Pierre, Dell Rapids and Watertown, South Dakota below...can't wait to hang in our home away from home with old friends. 

Albert and Gage are honored to be invited to perform on Folkstage on WMFT in Chicago and The Woodstock Folk Festival in Woodstock, IL.  (Interesting fact - the gazebo stage in the Woodstock town square where we'll be performing was featured over and over and over in the movie Ground Hog Day, one of our favorites.)  Good Folk Concerts in Fayetteville, AR is worth the drive just to sit on Mike's porch after the gig, not to mention the awesome audience.  Not too long after we get home Chris turns around and heads up to Montana and Oregon with Jerry Jeff, which he actually does again a week later in early August.  At least with JJ he doesn't have to drive.

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.  More information will be coming but save the date now!   

Last month we were waiting on the arrival of Brody Tyler Gage, grandson extraordinaire.  We are proud to announce that he finally made his grand entrance on June 10, 2011 at 8 pm.  Grandpa Chris is already making his photography magic with hundreds of pictures, although it isn't too hard to capture his beautiful spirit.  Birth is always energizing and life affirming...we all need that perspective! 

Drum roll please....presenting Brody Gage:



MoonHouse Records  No new releases, nothing to report, except that our mobile record store will be with us all month on tour.  Special prices on Red Willow Band CDs, older Albert and Gage releases and Christine Albert gems.  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.  We'll have the studio door closed while we're on tour, but will crank up the volume immediately upon return to make our deadline. 

Guy Clark in Rockport, TX
photo by Chris Gage
I think this is a strange but fascinating photo of Guy.  No cropping - shot widescreen. 

July 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. Jul 9 Red Willow Band - The Knuckle Saloon - Sturgis, SD
     931 1st Street  Sturgis, SD 57785 - 605-347-0106
     www.theknuckle.com  Red Willow Reunites One More Time!
8 pm
Sun. Jul 10

Red Willow Band and Albert and Gage - Oahe Speedway - Pierre, SD
The Inaugural event at The Meadow at The Oahe Speedway
    also appearing: Sidehackers, Trailsmen and Mabe's Dog

Music on the hillside benefitting Short Grass Arts Council!
"You gotta stand your ground, come hell of high water!" (Tom Peterson)
Oahe Speedway is high and dry - we look forward to making music for everyone in Pierre and Ft. Pierre who have been rising to the challenge of the recent flooding.  Hang in there!!
event starts at
1 pm

AG  7 RWB  8:15

Tues. Jul 12 The Grand Opera House - Dell Rapids, SD
     425 E. 4th St.  Dell Rapids, SD  57022
     For tickets call 605-428-3580     or email thegrandoperahouse@live.com 
7:30 pm
Thurs. Jul 14 Friends of Acoustic and Blues - Watertown, SD
     City Park - Lake Kampeska   (Goss Opera House in case of rain)
7:00 pm
Sat. Jul 16 Folk Stage Live Concert Series - Chicago, Ill
     Folkstage is an uninterrupted, one-hour concert featuring some of the best      traditional and singer-songwriter talent in folk music. The live concerts can be are heard Saturday's at 8 PM on WFMT, immediately preceding The Midnight Special.  We're proud to be making our first appearance on this prestigious stage.  Live broadcast 8-9 pm
8 pm
Sun. Jul 17 Woodstock Folk Festival - Woodstock, Ill
Woodstock Square - Woodstock, Ill - Woodstock Square Bandstand
AG 3:30
Tues. Jul 19 Good Folk Concerts - Fayetteville, AR
8 pm
Sat. Jul 23 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. Jul 25 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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Sat. Jul 30 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Bozeman, MT
Sun. Jul 31 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Oregon   

"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

Links to our websites:

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Christine Albert
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Chris Gage
   Donn's Depot / Photography / Discography

Red Willow Band


MoonHouse Studio

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 swansongs.org

Coming up!!  A special fundraiser for Swan Songs with the legendary Jerry Jeff Walker on October 19th in Austin, Texas.  Save the date - more info to follow!!!!

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

Aug 3 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX with David Carroll   
Aug 20 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        Albert and Gage Band  
Sept 16 Central Market - Austin, TX
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:    
The first of the month always seems to come around again so quickly.  And life throws curve balls at us on what appears to be a monthly basis. 
     Last month it was spending time with Chris's mom in the hospital.  This month we did the hospital hang when Brody was born, and then I ended up with an unexpected surgery for girlie stuff you really don't want to know about.  Between that and a trip to LA to get plugged in to my new role as Madame Vice Chair for The Recording Academy it was hard to find newsletter creation time.  Thus, the tardiness again!
     I learned something about myself this month.  It is quite easy for me to get addicted to a television series now that we have Netflix, especially when I need to stay horizontal and am on pain medication.  I became obsessed with "24" for awhile there because the cliffhangers just keep coming and it's so easy to press "play next episode."  But, I also learned that I have a very low tolerance for gun shooting, kidnapping, torture, dishonesty and betrayal.  I also get scared easily and so does my cat if the soundtrack is ominous.  I kept waiting for the back story (relationships, happy times, bonding over coffee) to balance the end of the planet type issues, but it just didn't happen and my adrenals can't handle the stress.  So, it's back to "Cheers", "Brothers and Sisters", reading a book or silence.
     We'll see what next month brings.
     Love, Christine   

  And a blurb from Chris:
     Trying to finish up a hundred last minute tasks so I can get in the truck and push it north for 24 hours, destination Sturgis, South Dakota and a Red Willow Band reunion.  I'm honored and amazed that people still want to see us do our thing after 35 years.  It's the same 5 guys who crawled into vans, trucks, busses and airplanes to take our music across America from 1974 to 1982, a lot of the same songs, and even a few of the same old jokes!  I can't wait.
     Yep, I'm a Grandpa.  Proud of it.  The little guy is already getting strong enough to wrestle his way out of my arms, but I can handle him.  I'm so proud of Casey and Ali for bringing Brody around.  Both my parents are still on the planet and will get a chance to be in the 4 generation photo.  (I've got one with my son Sam in his great grandmother's lap with my mom and me).
     Happy birthday to this great country of ours, the United States of America.  Austin will celebrate without fireworks, thanks to the record drought we've been experiencing for months on end.  We caught a little rain the other day, but the sun kept shining through it and it almost dried on impact!  My little habanero peppers are about the only things hanging on in the garden, they love the heat!
     I keep seeing evidence of psychic unrest these days in the world of friendships.  If you're not speaking to a good friend for some reason...try to look for the heart of the matter, drop them a line, give em a call.  Can't we all get along?  I'll do my part.
     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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