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

Donn's Depot July 11 (Second Wednesday this month)
The French Legation in Austin on Bastille Day -
July 14th!      French musique!!

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors, salutations from the MoonHouse in beautiful Austin, Texas,

Bouncing along in the truck trying to create this newsletter as we outrun storms that are marching across the Texas panhandle.  8 more hours to go before we reach home, at last.  We drove up to South Dakota for Darleen's memorial 11 days ago, then down to the mountains of Colorado to spend time with family and play a couple of gigs. The stress of the last month caught up with us so we've been keeping Halls and Nyquil in business throughout our journey.  Tears and closure, grief and gladness, moonlit miles and sleepless dawns.

Tomorrow we dive back into our life with several studio projects, some gigs, a Christine visit with her mom, some Jerry Jeff fly dates for Chris, planning a Swan Songs fall fundraiser and trying to keep the garden alive through the dog days of a Texas summer. New songs are emerging and we're looking for days we can book our own studio...get in line, Albert and Gage.

The Alpine Adventure is happening with a small group of folks that we already know and are about to get to know even better!  Christine's mother and two sisters will be visiting their Swiss family so they may even get to come to a show or two.  October in the Alps...yes.

Thank you Leonard Cohen, Eva Cassidy, CSN, Jackson Browne and Eliza Gilkyson for serenading us on this trip.  Chris took all these photos along the way last week.

Thank you all for your support and kindness these last few weeks,
Chris and Christine

"Outrunning Storms in West Texas"

Albert and Gage

July 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.

Mon. Jul 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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Wed. Jul 11 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
First Wednesday with Albert and Gage on Second Wednesday!!! 
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
Sat. Jul 14 Christine Albert's French Show at The French Legation - Austin, TX
     802 San Marcos St.   Austin, TX   78702     512-472-8180

     Bastille Day celebration hosted by Alliance Francaise - an Austin tradition, the evening features French food, wine and music under the oaks on this historical property; silent auction, children's activities, dancing and more.  Open to the public! Click here for more information.

Event: 7-11 pm
Music: 7:30-10
Mon. Jul 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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Tues. Jul 17 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Austin, TX
Thurs. Jul 19 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Atlanta, GA        
Fri. Jul 20 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - San Antonio, TX
Sat. Jul 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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Sun. Jul 22 Chris plays Riverbend Church morning service and then...

Lions Club Pavilion on FM 2325 - Wimberley, TX
Benefit for Joanna Green (an old friend and a lovely woman, dealing with cancer)
12:30-1:00 pm Andrew Hardin, Guitar
1:15-2:00 pm Jill Jones Trio
2:15-3:00 pm Susan Gibson
3:15-4:00 pm Albert and Gage
4:00-4:30 pm Nicole Green and Family Members

Mon. Jul 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. Jul 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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"Gas Stop Beauty South of Lubbock"

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 News  Chris will be back in the studio between tour dates this summer with Richard Paul Thomas, Carrington McDuffie and putting the final touches on a labor of love CD for Sarah Smith

"For Sale By Owner"

More shows and more details at our website

Sept 8 The Open Door - Arlington, TX
Oct 13-22 Alpine Adventure Tour
Nov 2 Uncle Calvin's - Dallas, TX
Nov 3 Crossroads Music Co - Winnsboro, TX
Nov 30 Camp Street Cafe - Crockett, TX

A note from Christine:     
   We arrived home from our South Dakota/Colorado trip at 4;30 AM.  The house is full of suitcases, gig bags, piles of dirty laundry, bags of Dakota Style potato chips for the always takes some time to reabsorb into our life so today is just going to have to be transition day. 
     Two more friends passed on since our last newsletter.  That makes four friends, Chris's uncle and his mom since late May.  I have been writing quite a bit - my way of processing all of this.  The next CD may have a theme of loss; but loss (hopefully) leads to appreciation for what you have and embracing the moments and loved ones who are still here.  So, perhaps it won't be as depressing as it sounds!
     Time to unpack.  Sorry for the short letter this month - a Virgo can't think very clearly with too much disarray around her.  Gotta go "make some right angles", as Chris says.
     Love, Christine       

  And a blurb from Chris:
     It's always great to be home.  Troupe must have watered the garden while I was gone because I came home to an abundance of tomatoes, pears, peppers, tomatillos, basil and sage.  I thought it could have easily burned up in the 12 days we were gone. 
     I'm diving back into work mode, for sure.  Donn's Depot tonight (my Monday night family is always a welcome sight), studio work the rest of the week and a batch of fun shows with Jerry Jeff next week.
     I experienced a family dinner last week with my dad and all my siblings.  This is a rare event...the Gages aren't known for reunions, although at the end of the day we can have a good time and revel a bit in our differences.  I hadn't seen my big brother Gary in 13 years, and I remembered just how much I love the guy.  Number 2 son of mine Casey couldn't come, but Sam and his cousin Erin were most welcome representatives of the younger generation.
     It's great to be home.  See you at the gig.

"Colorado's Majesty"


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