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News from the musical world of Christine Albert and Chris Gage
OCTOBER 2013

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors, salutations from the MoonHouse in beautiful Austin, Texas where the temperatures have dropped and it's finally been raining.  Water from the sky!  In Texas!!

Ms. Albert is in town for the month of October, and we're actually performing quite a bit.  We'll be in Houston, Arlington, Austin and Kerrville.  It's a Texas tour...we might need tour jackets and a bus!  Please come out and see us.  We've added an amazing saxophone player, Steve Bernstein, to our monthly Saturday shows at Donn's Depot; you've got to hear this guy.  We're back at our favorite pie and coffee show, The Open Door in Arlington, Chris plays with country stars Rick Trevino and Jerry Jeff Walker, and we'll both be at our weekly Monday shows all month long. 

Swan Songs fundraiser set for October 30!!!!

Please read on about how you can support Swan Songs, the non-profit founded by Ms. Albert that fulfills musical last wishes for individuals with a terminal illness.  They have organized 64 concerts so far this year and the requests are coming at a steady pace.  The event on October 30 is not to miss!  Last year the concert featured Eliza Gilkyson and the year before, Jerry Jeff Walker.  Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock have stepped up this year...going to be another great evening.

The photos this month are from a Jerry Jeff gig at the Washington County Fair in Brenham, Texas.  It's Texas' oldest county fair. 

As always, thank you for the support, 
Chris and Christine

Swan Songs benefit Wednesday, October 30, 2013
An intimate evening with Austin's favorite mystic poet songwriters
Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock


Tickets
on sale now! Please visit swansongs.org for more information. Silent Auction Donations are welcome and we are still gathering those.

Cash Sponsorships are available now!

($1,000 and $2500 levels)  packages include:

♪  VIP Reception with Jimmie and Butch, our Honorary Co-chairs Marcia Ball and Terry Lickona, our event Co-chairs Nancy Coplin and Carol Thompson and the Swan Songs board

♪  Private tour of the Austin City Limits facility with Executive Producer Terry Lickona

♪  Attendance at an ACL taping as Terry Lickona's personal guest

♪  Reserved seats at the 2013 Swan Songs Serenade

♪  Signed event poster and more!

For sponsorship info contact Craig Calvert.  Email Craig.

Chris Gage, notably a man of few words...is blogging about food and music! The latest post chronicles our annual Wok Throwdown that daughter-in-law Ali's dad hosts in Pflugerville.  Click the banner or here to visit the blog, and maybe follow!  musicianfoodie.wordpress.com
MoonHouse Studio has released a video compilation of recent happenings...enjoy a YouTube glimpse into the world of recording Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Livingston, Butch Morgan, Albert and Gage and more...

http://youtu.be/4oYZE_HUOeg

We're currently working on Christine Albert's next solo album, and Chris Gage's instrumental Christmas CD. 


OCTOBER 2013
Full show schedule online here.

Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Wed. Oct. 2 Donn's Depot - Austin, Texas
     First Wednesday with Albert and Gage - David Carroll on the upright bass
     1600 W. 5th, Austin, TX   78703   512-478-0336
9-1
Mon. Oct. 7

Oct. 14

Oct. 21

Oct. 28

El Mercado - 512-447-7445
1302 S. 1st, Austin TX 78704

Christine Albert and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell ...with David Carroll on upright bass

The ladies feature a different mystery musician each Monday. 

Oct. 7: Bradley Kopp on guitar
Oct. 14: Chip Dolan on piano and accordion
Oct. 21: It's a Mystery... 
Oct. 28: It's a Mystery... 

Donn's Depot - 512-478-0336
1600 W. 5th, Austin TX 78703

Monday night at Donn's Depot....Chris Gage's 18 year tradition at the grand piano with special invited guests from all over the world.

"Though Gage shines all on his own, his voice crackling with just the right emotional intensity on a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," he also, ever the gentleman, heaps praise on everyone who comes by, from guest musicians to an older couple in the audience dancing the night away."  Austin American Statesman

 
Fri. Oct. 4 Central Market North - Austin, TX
    
4001 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX - Under the oaks! The perfect time of year.
6:30-9 PM
Sat. Oct. 5 Chris plays with Rick Trevino in Fort Worth, TX      ricktrevino.com  
Sun. Oct. 6 "The Merry Ellen Featherstone Benefit Concert and Tribute" - Houston, TX
     JP Hops House - 2317 Highway 6 South - Houston, TX 77077   281-496-0623

     Merry Ellen is a dear friend and the sweetest 82 year old ball of fire you'll ever meet.  If you've heard us in Houston, you've probably seen her in the audience (or Maine, Austin, California or Las Vegas - she's been to see us all those places as well!)  She is a devoted music fan who was still going out to shows 5 nights a week until she fell ill in California a few months ago.  She's out there recuperating and we're banding together in Houston to honor her - who knows, maybe she'll make it to the gig!  With her homemade sugared pecans, of course.

with Sweet Mama Cotton; Lucky Boyd; The Renfrees; Albert & Gage; Bill Ward; Michael Brim and Shake Russell

1 - 6 PM
a&g at 2:45
Tues. Oct. 8   Benefit for Sarah Elizabeth Campbell - El Mercado Restaurant
    featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Marcia Ball
    1302 South 1st Street - Austin, TX 78704  call 512-447-7445 for tickets

     We will not be performing, but will be in attendance with bells on!  Sarah is facing a serious health challenge and the bills are mounting.  Friends are rallying in support of this very special and beloved woman. 
6 PM
Sat. Oct. 12 Open Door Coffeehouse Concert Series - Arlington, TX
    
www.opendoorcoffeehouse.org  Trinity United Methodist Church
     1200 West Green Oaks Blvd. Arlington, TX 76013
     opendoorcoffeehouse@gmail.com  682-667-4175
7 PM
Wed. Oct. 16 Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe - "Patsy's Songwriter Circle hosted by Nancy Scott"
    5001 E. Ben White Blvd. - Austin, TX - 512-444-2020
    Nancy Scott, David Halley and Christine Albert - two great songwriters...should be fun!
6:30-8:30 PM
Fri. Oct. 18

Kerrville, TX - "Music at the Mansion" Concert Series
   
 ...a joint venture between The Kerrville Folk Festival and Schreiner University
     Schreiner Mansion - 226 Earl Garrett - Kerrville, TX 78028
     info@kerrrville-music.com  830-257-3600

 (This is an event for season ticket holders, but if you're going to be in the area and would like to attend, please contact the Kerrville Folk Festival office and they will make room for you.)
                    Double bill with Albert and Gage and Hal Ketchum!!
 
Sat. Oct. 19 Chris plays with Jerry Jeff Walker - Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth          jerryjeff.com    
Sat. Oct. 26 Donn's Depot - Austin, Texas
    
Albert and Gage Band with Paul Pearcy, David Carroll and Steve Bernstein
     1600 W. 5th, Austin, TX   78703   512-478-0336
9-1
Wed. Oct. 30

2013 Swan Songs Serenade
with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock

The Gibson Showroom - 3601 South Congress #G-400 - Austin, TX 78704

Silent auction, buffet, libations, desserts and Jimmie and Butch benefiting Swan Songs, a non-profit founded by Christine that fulfills musical last wishes for individuals at the end of life.

Learn more about becoming a sponsor, donating to the silent auction or just attending the event here.

7-10 PM
Fri. Nov. 1 Anderson Fair - Houston, TX 9 PM


More shows and more details at our website

Every Monday   Christine and Sarah Elizabeth
   Mystery Monday at El Mercado  - Austin, TX

Every Monday  Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX

Nov 1   Anderson Fair - Houston, TX

Nov 9   Trinity Coffeehouse Concert Series - Ft. Worth, TX

Nov 30   Camp Street Cafe - Crockett, TX

Dec 13/14  Jerry Jeff Walker - Gruene Hall Holiday Shows

Dec 24   Armadillo Christmas Bazaar - 12-2:30 PM

Dec 28   Jerry Jeff Walker - Galveston, TX

Dec 31   Paul Barker's House Concert

A note from Christine:
     For the first time in several months I actually put my suitcase away, took my earrings out of their little travel case and switched from a huge travel purse to something more town friendly. A last minute trip could arise, but as it stands now I will be close to home until mid November, when I will be gone for two solid weeks on Recording Academy business.  Of course, part of that is attending the Latin GRAMMYs in Las Vegas, so I wouldn't feel too sorry for me.  Chris will join me and we'll even be able to sneak in some family time amidst the events that week.
     Spending two days in the studio for my birthday was a joy and I feel great about the beginning of this new CD.  Of course, I haven't had a day since to get back in the studio and meanwhile Chris began recording the most beautiful instrumental Christmas music I've ever heard.  Truly gorgeous - it's long overdue for him to turn that musical genius into something all his own.  My CD will come out after the first of the year so that we are not rushed getting two projects ready.  Obviously his is seasonal so it would be very sad to have to wait a year for its release because my project pulled him away from it when he's so close to completion.
       Looking forward to playing some of our favorite venues this month - Open Door in Arlington and Central Market in Austin; the Swan Songs Serenade promises to be a moving and entertaining evening;  and the benefit for Merry Ellen in Houston is going to be as special as the woman herself.
    
     Love, Christine

  And a blurb from Chris:
     My studio business comes in waves...I've been in the middle of five projects at once, and they all finished up at about the same time, leaving me with nothing scheduled.  What do we do when there's no outside clients scheduled?  We make records!!
     Christine has been working on songs that lend themselves more to her solo style than to an Albert and Gage project, so we're recording her first non-French solo CD in about 20 years!!  A few of the songs have been in our set for a while, but you're going to hear some brand new songs and some very tasty covers of great songs by other writers, including a beautiful version of "For a Dancer" by Jackson Browne.  A couple new Tom Peterson songs will magically appear on this CD as well.  Exciting stuff.
     And....I've decided to buckle down and record an instrumental Christmas CD using all of my favorite guitars, mandolins, accordions, pianos, a little dobro...I might stop short of recording the dulcimer, but who knows.  It's all old carols, my favorites.  Christmas has always been special to me, and Christmas music resonates in my entire being.  I'm known to quote Christmas carols in my guitar solos in the middle of July! 
     Our plan is to have this CD released in plenty of time for you to send to all your friends and family, and we hope you will.  By the next newsletter, we'll have ordering info.  Christmas is coming!
     Ciao for now. 

     See you at the gig!
     Chris



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