Ken Albrecht 1946 – 2021


Kenneth A. Albrecht, age 74, of Temple, Texas passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home in Temple. He was born on December 13, 1946 in Alton, Illinois, the son of Albert and Marie (Hawkins) Albrecht.

Ken was a 1964 graduate of EHS in Edwardsville, IL and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in 1968. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972, and went on to join the corporate world as an executive for several different companies. His career took him to Kentucky, Alaska, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas, and eventually Texas. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Belton. Ken was fortunate enough to be able to retire at age 58 and enjoyed using his time to entertain family and friends. He loved to cook for everybody and wouldn’t have it any other way.

He is survived by his wife Judy of Temple, a sister Alice Maedge and husband Bill of Belton, Missouri, sisters-in law Joan Baker of Jefferson City, Missouri and Renee Allen and husband Steve of Temple, Texas, nieces and nephews, Marsha Vest of Belton, Missouri, Jill Findley and husband Eric of Linn Creek, Missouri, Kris Ellsworth and husband John Dickshot of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Kurt Ellsworth and wife Janel of Edwardsville, Illinois, Tad Allen and wife Kaci of Temple, Texas, and Samantha Allen-Bigott and husband Chris of Belton, Texas, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by a son Carter Albrecht, his parents Albert and Marie Albrecht, brothers-in-law Steve Ellsworth and Gary Baker, sister-in-law Rae Ellsworth, nephew Scott Baker, and mother-in-law and father-in-law Ralph and Twila Ellsworth.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Carter Albrecht Music Foundation.

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Carter’s songs reach new audiences

Thanks to Max Hartman, a couple of Carter’s compositions were performed live in 2017. With Carter’s former Sparrows bandmate Brant J. Cole in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District, and as the leader of his band Mur at The Kessler, Max has learned and played a couple of Carter songs at recent gigs. This video of his performance of “Rome” was recorded April 9 at The Live Oak in Fort Worth by Michael David Pyeatt.

Update on Abbie’s efforts and Change the World Volume 1

Dave Little (left) and Abbie with Carter's father, Ken, at the Kessler Theater on Sept 6, 2012.

Dave Little (left) and Abbie with Carter’s father, Ken, at the Kessler Theater on Sept 6, 2012.

Today, from Abbie’s Eye on the Sparrow blog:
“It’s been a big year so far.  Donating over $4,000 has been possible because the number of stores has doubled.  The number of pieces sold through has been over 1,000.  The killer mojo of a rockstar is something people want to get a hold of.  Anybody is a rockstar.  The willingness to try does that.  It’s not succeeding that matters.  There’s something happening.”

As reported here in September, Abbie enlisted local music producer Salim Nourallah to help her compile volume one in what promises to be a series of cd’s featuring Metroplex area songwriters and groups. To celebrate the release, she organized a wonderful night of music at the historic Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, featuring Salim and a handful of the other acts on the release. Abbie gave away Change the World Volume One for free with paid admission. Since then, in her own words, “over 1,000 CD’s have been given out.  CD’s are in Australia, Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and all over the United States.  So many CD’s have been given out that I had to order another 1,000 copies…”

That’s fantastic news! We at the CAMF congratulate Abbie on the increasing success of her small business through her unwavering dedication to help the foundation help others. Thank you Abbie!


The Sparrow Project Volume 1 available now!

The Sparrow Project - Change the World ConcertGreat news! Abbie Chesney, owner and creative at eye on the sparrow designs and a best friend of the CAMF, announced her new project, the arrival of a new CD featuring original songs by local artists.The CD features 14 songs by local songwriters and groups, and includes an alternate take from Carter’s “Jesus is Alive and Living in London” sessions. The CD promises to be the first in an ongoing series, and will be commemorated with a live show on Thursday, September 6th at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff.

For the first installment of The Sparrow Project Volume 1: Change The World, Abbie sought the guidance and expertise of renowned local producer Salim Nourallah. Salim assisted in selecting songs for the collection, several of them by artists who have recently recorded at his Pleasantry Lane Studios in Dallas. Salim also penned a memorial for the liner notes.

Featured artists include Dave Little, Chris Holt, John Lefler, Sammy Strittmatter, Salim Nourallah – all of whom will be performing at Thursday night’s concert – along with Gabrielle LaPlante, Smile Smile, Nicholas Altobelli, Coyotehead, Sealion, the last ones on earth, From The Skies, Alex and Jeremy, and Mindsigh.

An $8 suggested donation at the door on Thursday night will net you a free copy of The Sparrow Project, all proceeds of which benefit the CAMF. We deeply appreciate and roundly applaud Abbie for her unwavering dedication to the foundation and encourage you to seek out eye on the sparrow designs if you are looking for a unique gift for a friend or loved one… or if you just want to support music like we do.



…to the redesigned Carter Albrecht Music Foundation site!

Carter AlbrechtSome areas of the site are still in development, but it seems most appropriate to launch the new CAMF site on what would be Carter’s 39th birthday. We cherish our memories of Carter, and wish to honor him again on this day.

We hope you enjoy the site and are able to find all the information you need, along with some inspiration… We hope you will share the site with others who wish to encourage and support music and musicians not only here in the Metroplex, but wherever they exist.

We will add new features as we are able to, and we welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can make things better and accomplish more in the future.