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

Listen to music at
You'll hear vocals by Chris Gage and Christine Albert

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. 

More info than you ever wanted, right?  Anyway, thanks for listening.  Chris

Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, nylon string guitar, baritone guitar, slide guitar, dobro, lap steel, piano, organ, keyboards, accordion, mandolin, bass and vocals.  That's what I do, and I enjoy every minute of it.  I've been a studio musician since the mid 1970's, and a touring picker since I was 15.

I perform every Monday night at Donn's Depot in Austin, Texas, tour as Albert and Gage with my partner in music and life Christine Albert, and play lead guitar for Jerry Jeff Walker

There's a discography if you want to check it out and you can listen to a bunch of samples at

photo by Carrell Grigsby

Need instruments or vocals added to your recording project, but can't get to Austin?  You can email me an MP3, I'll add acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, electric guitar, lap steel, piano, organ, dobro, accordion or mandolin at MoonHouse Studio, let you listen online, and then you can get the hi-resolution files by mail or by file transfer.
here if you're interested.  I hope we can work together. Chris

Musical moments:

Albert and Gage band Ludwigsburg, Germany 2007
Oscar Abelli, Chris Gage, David Carroll and Christine Albert

Jerry Jeff Walker and Chris Gage      2009 Dell Diamond 4th of July

Marcia Ball and Chris Gage perform for the Recording Academy P&E Wing 2006
(Austin City Limits Soundstage, UT Austin)

photo by Scott Newton

Chris Gage, Christine Albert with Jimmie Dale Gilmore

photo by Larry Lyons

Chris Gage and Butch Hancock in Germany 1995

Chris Gage and Roy Clark in Moscow 1988

Grand Ole Opry 1989

In the studio with Roy Clark and Troy Klontz 1985

Austin Chronicle cover 2004

photo by Todd Wolfson

Chris Gage is a consummate musician, singing with strength and conviction while masterfully sparking the duo (Albert and Gage) with hot guitar, piano and accordion. Originally from South Dakota, Chris was the founding member of the still beloved 1970’s Midwest country swing band, Red Willow Band. After releasing two albums with RWB, he embarked on a lengthy stint as a sideman, moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma to play piano with Roy Clark for eight years, appearing on The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson) and Hee Haw, as well as accompanying Clark on a 1988 tour of the Soviet Union.  He moved to Austin in the early 90’s, and became band leader for Jimmie Dale Gilmore (playing guitar and piano) for three years, with performances on The Tonight Show (Jay Leno), Conan O’Brien, and at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. An in-demand studio musician and producer, Gage produces Albert and Gage as well as other artists and has numerous other production and studio credits. 


Acoustic Guitars Taylor 810
Collings "0"
Gibson J-50
Godin nylon string
Electric Guitars 1965 Fender Stratocaster
1987 Fender Stratocaster
2004 Fender Telecaster
1969 Gibson Les Paul goldtop
1987 Gibson Les Paul Jr
Gibson ES-125 archtop
Jerry Jones baritone guitar

Waves GTR3 by Paul Reed Smith (software)
Music Man RD 100 amp
Fender Pro Reverb
Boss effects
Line 6 Amp Farm software

Piano 7 foot Baldwin F Grand Piano (MoonHouse Studio)
Wurlitzer 214 VE Electronic Piano
Roland weighted controller
Organ Hammond C-3 / Leslie 122 (Chip Dolan's)
Native Instruments B4II / ProTools 11 HDX
Emu Emax controller
Accordion Elka
Dobro Regal metal square neck
Old wooden square neck
Mandolin 30's Gibson "A"
Banjo GTR 5 string
Lap Steel Supro

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