CAMP STREET CAFÉ
|New reservation policy at Camp Street Cafe.
Reservations will guarantee the reservation holder a seat,
but not a specific seat. Seating will be general admission,
first come first serve, with doors opening at 7:00pm
Sunday, December 6
Albert & Gage
doors open at 5:00 Show at 6:00
Amilia K. Spicer will be opening
Chris is a "...songwriter, singer, dobro player, ace guitarist, keyboard player,
mandolin picker, and a generally electric powerhouse with inspiration to spare."
Sweet Potato / Minneapolis, Minnesota
In 1995 Christine Albert and I discovered each other musically and personally and my life has become a wealth of riches because of her. We tour the world together, make records together, run a studio and enjoy life. I'm a proud member of Jerry Jeff Walker's current touring band and perform solo every Monday night at the coolest night club in Austin, Donn's Depot as well as every Wednesday evening at Strange Brew Lounge Side, also in Austin, Texas.
I've always been a professional musician, from my first gig at the VFW in Pierre, South Dakota with 6 other 13 year old kids calling ourselves the Capital City Brass. We were covering Lonely Bull and Tijuana Taxi by Herb Alpert. Red Willow Band took South Dakota and the upper Midwest by storm in the 1970's, and I followed that with an 8 year gig with country super-picker Roy Clark. Highlights included a 2 week tour of the Soviet Union, a hundred plus appearances on Hee Haw, regular slots on the Grand Ole Opry, and an incredible opportunity to play on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Moving to Austin, TX in 1991 I landed a job at Fiesta Texas while it was a music park run by Opryland, and enjoyed a year and a half of crazy fun with singers and dancers running around my 7 piece country band.
A serendipitous phone call between my old buddy Wally Saukerson and Mike Crowley led me to a lunch with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Mike Crowley, and I joined Jimmie's band for some of the most interesting years of my musical life. Jimmie's gig took me to Ireland and England, all over the US, and featured appearances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, my only performance at Carnegie Hall, and 3 sold out shows with Nanci Griffith at the Royal Albert Hall. My association with Jimmie also led me to a wonderful month-long tour of Europe with Mr. Butch Hancock.
When Christine Albert gives someone her business card these days, she has a choice to make. After almost four decades making her living as a singer/songwriter, the Austin, Texas-based musician has evolved into an artist whose philanthropic work is at the core of who she is.
Since 2007, she has served on the national Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy® (the 20,000 member organization that puts on the GRAMMY Awards®). She has risen to the top elected leadership position – Chairman of the Board – the first independent artist and only the second woman to do so.
Additionally, in 2005 Christine founded Swan Songs, an Austin area non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness. Christine guides the organization as President and primary spokesperson.
That is Christine’s philanthropic side; then there’s the matter of the “artiste.” You can see where the multiple business cards come in.
Christine still takes the stage both as a solo artist and as one half of the powerful folk/Americana duo Albert and Gage, in which she co-stars with husband and musician extraordinaire Chris Gage – bringing an energetic mix of originals, covers by Texas songwriter friends and show-stopping Edith Piaf chansons (in French, no less!) to audiences across Texas, the US and overseas.
As Albert and Gage, Chris and Christine have released six CDs since teaming up in 1997. They also own and operate MoonHouse Records and MoonHouse Studio in South Austin. Of their 2009 release “Dakota Lullaby,” Maverick magazine said “a palpable joy permeates Chris and Christine’s vocals on every one of the twelve musically diverse songs.” The Austin Chronicle’s Margaret Moser wrote, “Half Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme (the non-sappy part) and half Richard and Linda Thompson (before the split), Christine Albert and Chris Gage are as entertaining in performance as their music. The couple's sense of whimsy is strong, but never dilutes the lovely and sometimes plaintive songwriting.”
Processing the experience of losing over a dozen close friends and family members in the last several years, Christine was inspired to create her 6th solo CD - “Everything’s Beautiful Now” - a collection of songs that explore the transformation and growth that can come from loss.
“The title song is written in my mother-in-law’s voice. As she was preparing to leave this world we had many conversations; I knew she had made her peace with her life when she said ‘everything’s beautiful now.’”
The album was co-produced by Chris and Christine and showcases Gage’s impressive instrumental gifts on piano, B3, guitar, accordion and more. In addition to her own songs, Christine interprets songs by Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and Shake Russell & Dana Cooper, as well as “Dakota Lullaby” songwriter Tom Peterson.
When Jerry Jeff Walker played Christine a song he was working on, “Old New Mexico,” it was uncanny how closely it followed her own story – leaving the mountains of New Mexico and a close circle of friends to find her fate down a road headed towards Texas. The two finished the song together and fellow New Mexico transplant, Eliza Gilkyson, and Jerry Jeff both sing on the track.
“This one felt so personal and cathartic that it needed to be a Christine Albert record, although Chris was hugely instrumental in bringing it to life. There is another Albert and Gage collaboration waiting in the wings of our creative psyches.”
Among her many career highlights is the bilingual folk/cabaret fusion of her “Texafrance” series of recordings, described by the Austin American-Statesman as "a waltz across Texas with Maurice Chevalier.” The enticing musical mash-up organically blends Christine’s European heritage and love of Edith Piaf with the folk/country sound that grew out of her years playing music in New Mexico and Texas.
Giving the opening remarks at the 56th GRAMMY Awards® Afternoon Ceremony or presenting the GRAMMYs on the Hill® Award to House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi in Washington, DC is a long way from Rome, NY where Albert grew up, or the honky-tonks and biker bars of New Mexico where she came of age, joining her first band in Santa Fe at the age of 19.
Christine discovered the fertile Austin music scene when she played the Kerrville Folk Festival with fellow singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson in 1981. The two close friends both made the move to Texas in 1982 and still live within a few miles of each other.
Christine Albert has appeared on the nationally-syndicated PBS series Austin City Limits. She was awarded “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Kerrville Folk Festival Music Awards and “Superstar of Austin Music” for her community service work. She also co-founded The Austin Songwriters Group and serves on the Board of Directors of the GRAMMY Foundation, MusiCares and The Latin Recording Academy. In November 2014 Christine represented The Recording Academy on the inaugural “GRAMMY Festival at Sea® – Women Who Rock,” a cruise featuring Heart, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and more. Albert also has a piece published in the upcoming "Her Texas", an anthology of Texas women writers.
In her “spare time” off the road and away from the executive boardroom, Christine hosts “Mystery Monday,” a weekly show at the Tex-Mex landmark El Mercado restaurant in South Austin that features a rotating cast of guests and a weekly “mystery” musician. The gathering has become a must-do for the Austin roots music scene. The late Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bill Kirchen, Butch Hancock, Gurf Morlix, Shake Russell & Michael Hearne, Redd Volkaert, Marcia Ball, Jimmy LaFave, Rosie Flores, Cindy Cashdollar…the list of stellar players who have taken the stage is a virtual who’s-who of Austin music.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Show begins at 6:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Amilia K Spicer
It may be her haunting, husky voice that first grabs a listener, the way it glides over melodies like smoke, but it’s the songwriting that Spicer really wants you to hear. The turns of phrases, the wistful poetry, the smart (and sometimes smart aleck) lyrics. Amilia k Spicer’s songwriting fuses together influences from the different places she calls home - the languid textures of rural Pennsylvania, the swing of
Texas Americana and the back alley bite of LA.
That dichotomy of light and dark, small-town wonder with a keen edge, is the map running over her melodies.
“Sometimes silky, sometimes swaggering”
~ John McLaughlin WMUC-FM “Roots and Branches”
From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970’s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.
In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label’s imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack’s Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends—Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. All this brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network.
In 1998, after five successful recordings and seven years at Windham Hill/High Street, John felt the need for a change and decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity that the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence. The 1998 release After Yesterday marked a decidedly different attitude towards making music for John, and his next release The Company You Keep held fast to his tradition of fine songwriting, yet moved forward down new avenues. Its fourteen songs displays John’s creative use of lyrics and attention to detail. Andy Stochansky played drums and shared production credits with John and Rob Genadek. Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucy Kaplansky and Patty Larkin contributed stellar guitar work and vocals to this fan favorite. Old Futures Gone was informed by his life as husband and father of two young children and also contained the colorful experience of many hard years on the road. Writing in the Margins followed in 2006 and was an engaging collection of sweet and serious songs that spanned many musical genres—folk, pop, country and soul—and featured guest vocalists Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky and Alice Peacock. Now with this, his 11th studio album, he returns to his roots with So Dark You See, his most compelling and traditional album to date.
In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of John’s greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.
Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).
John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.
For advance reservations, please send a check to:
Camp Street Café & Store
215 South 3rd Street
Crockett, TX 75835
|"Think of Don Edwards as a singing scholar of the old west. We are a little lax about these family heirlooms of ours and ought to be grateful to have such a great caretaker of them." James Earl Jones - An American Moment, 10/97|
"...one of the country's most popular cowboy singers...Edwards' fans won't be surprised Robert Redford called him the Real Deal and cast him in The Horse Whisperer." USA Today, 12/97
"Edwards...original 'Cowboy Love Song' brings perhaps the most authentic sounds to the album." USA Today, 4/98. The Horse Whisperer (soundtrack review)
"Authentic is a tough word in the cowboy-song biz these days, but Edwards is warm and melodic. He makes the songs a nice reward after a long day on the trail." New York Daily News, 12/97
|"Robert Redford found the 'real deal' in cowboy singer Don Edwards". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Tuesday, August 5, 1997|