Christine Albert, Chris Gage and Kym Warner
Vocalists, Musicians and Mandolin
Austin, Texas duo Albert and Gage (Christine Albert and Chris Gage) have a personal and musical chemistry that radiates from the stage. The joy they experience making music together is evident as they travel through their musical roots, moving from country and folk to blues and French chansons. The integrity of their musicianship and the rare blend of their voices create a unique and cohesive sound as Gage effortlessly switches from guitar to piano and accordion throughout their set to follow the mood of the music. Throughout the pandemic, they have regularly livestreamed from their home studio, creating connection, and providing a musical respite to music lovers across the country.
Chris Gage, the Academy of Texas Music’s “Musician of the Year 2011” is no stranger to a tour bus, spending many years on the road with Red Willow Band, Roy Clark and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and until his passing, played lead guitar on tour with Jerry Jeff Walker, in addition to his Albert and Gage shows. He's a veteran of TV shows including Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show and Hee Haw. Chris is a member of the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an inductee into the SD Friends of Traditional Music Hall of Fame. He has been in the all-star house band on Austin City Limits Hall of Fame show for the last four years and received 2 honorable mentions in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll. His 27 year Monday night residency at Donn’s Depot in Austin, Texas is one of the “must dos” in the Live Music Capital of the World.
Christine Albert had a prolific recording career as a solo artist before meeting Gage, including the acclaimed “Texafrance” series, a bilingual tribute to her European family roots. Christine’s most recent solo CD “Everything’s Beautiful Now” explores the richness of loss, an issue she deals with every day as founder & CEO of Swan Songs®, a non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes. Ms. Albert has also served since 2007 on the national Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy (known for the GRAMMY Awards®,) eventually rising to the position of Chair of the Board and currently serving as Chair Emeritus. In addition, Christine serves on the Board of Directors of the national nonprofit, Musicares.
Kym Warner is an Australian musician and record producer, and a founding member of the American bluegrass band The Greencards. Warner was an aspiring bluegrass musician (which was unusual in Australia at the time) after inheriting the music from his father, an early Australian bluegrass pioneer. He went on to win the Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Championship for four consecutive years.
After moving to Austin, Texas he and his wife Carol Young formed The Greencards and toured extensively with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. They were twice nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Kym has toured with Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen for the last several years and is a prolific performer and studio musician in Austin.