By Alicia Lacy
The Cove Herald
She's from New York and he's from South Dakota, but they've found themselves in the middle of Austin's infamous live music scene,
What started as a temporary arrangement in the latter part of 1995, transformed into the dynamic duo that is Albert and Gage.
Saturday the pair will fill the Ogletree Gap Park Pavilion with their unique mix of American, folk, blues and music for the last concert in the free Music at the Gap Summer Concert Series.
Just in from a two-week tour in South Dakota to promote their latest album Dakota Lullaby, which currently sits at No. 31 on the Americana National Airplay Chart.
South Dakota writer Tom Peterson wrote the songs on the album about 30 years ago.
Christina Albert and Chris Gage first hooked up in 1995 when Albert asked Gage to play in a few shows in her band.
Albert said in the spring 1996 they two began singing together and in January 1997 the two made it official forming the duo Albert and Gage.
"I realized what a great singer Chris was and the great mix we had together," Albert said.
The genre-crossing duo's sounds can be categorized as Americana, folk, swing and indie, but Albert said if she were to pick two it would be folk Americana because of the country, blues influence.
The pair's high-energy performance is nothing new to Copperas Cove. The duo performed for the concert series in June 2005.
Albert said they performed when the series was first getting kicked off.
"I enjoyed it. It was a great audience," Albert said.
But this time the lineup will include more than the duo. Albert said the entire band, which includes a bass player and a drummer, will come to Copperas Cove Saturday.
And though Gage plays the acoustic and electric guitar, organ, accordion, dobro, mandolin and lap steel, Albert said he will only be on three instruments Saturday – the piano, guitar and accordion.
Concertgoers can expect a "high-energy, heartfelt mix of roots music," Albert said who will perform some of her French songs from her bilingual albums.
The two began to make their moves down south with Albert moving to Santa Fe, N.M. and Gage moving to Tulsa, Okla.
Albert said the music brought the two to Austin where they eventually met.
The free concert series is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Copperas Cove, which is held each year to bring a mix of musical genres for the public to enjoy.
Committee chair, Ira Brand, said he believes the series has had a bigger turnout this year than it has had years before.
"Albert and Gage are well-known and people will follow them from Austin and other areas," Brand said.
The series began in 2004, primarily as a fundraiser and an opportunity to get visitors to come to the city. The inspiration to begin the series came from the Kerrville Folk Festival, where many of the performers come from, Brand said.
"It's great entertainment and a great night for families and friends," he said.
VIP packages are available for $25 per concert, which includes the pre-concert reception, steak dinner cooked by Russell Kious of Oklahoma, signed CD and priority seating.
VIP tickets can be purchased at the event or at the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce, ExtraCo Bank,
Allstate Insurance Company and the Boys and Girls Club of Copperas Cove.
The proceeds will fund the Boys and Girls Club music and arts program.
Brand said planning for next year's series has already begun.
For more information, go to www.musicatthegap.org or call (254) 547-5578.