Austin musicians bring talent to Winter Park
Ryan Summerlin July 3, 2012
WINTER PARK – Cooper Creek Square brings Austin musicians Albert & Gage for a free show to Music On The Mall Friday, July 6 5 to 7 p.m. Christine Albert and Chris Gage are well respected, seasoned music business veterans, but the joy they experience making music together is fresh and infectious. Gage is a journeyman musician and South Dakota native who began touring in a station wagon at age 15. In the mid-70s and 80s he led the popular Midwestern country-swing Red Willow Band, whose reunion shows still draw thousands of devoted fans. Later, he graduated to an eight-year tenure on piano with guitar virtuoso and country star Roy Clark, which included appearances on Hee Haw, The Tonight Show and The Grand Ole Opry. After moving to Austin in 1991, Gage began commuting to San Antonio to take the reins as musical director for the Fiesta Texas theme park.But it was during his next incarnation as bandleader for West Texas alt-country singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore, that he began to carve out his own place in the Austin scene as an in-demand session player, accompanist and producer. It was with Gilmore that Albert first heard Gage play, and in 1997 Albert & Gage formed. The duo later toured as an opening act for Gilmore and as members of his ensemble.Albert released solo albums during the years before she met Gage, and had established a solid name on the Texas scene. She was voted Female Vocalist of the Year in the Kerrville Music Awards poll and has appeared on Austin City Limits. A longtime community activist, Albert is also cofounder/president of “Swan Songs”, a non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness. Ms. Albert currently serves as a Trustee on the National Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy. “They can rock, boogie, swing, trot down country roads and stride down sophisticated boulevards and make it all sound as it should: like parts of a unified whole rather than a mishmash of different styles. Albert and Gage have global class, musicality and charm.” (Houston Press) www.coopercreeksquare.com 970-726-8891.