P.A.-produced country music show headed to cable

Matt Gardner
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A select group of country music artists from across Saskatchewan will soon have a province-wide audience to entertain as a new Prince Albert-produced television program prepares to make its cable debut.

Country music performer and Paddockwood resident Larry Krause is host and producer of The Timberline Music Show, a new television program produced in Prince Albert that will feature country artists from across the province.

Set to air on Shaw TV, The Timberline Music Show will feature performances and interviews from singer-songwriters hailing from every corner of Saskatchewan. Guest artists include Juno nominees, SCMA winners, prominent local performers and international stars.

Handling hosting duties is veteran country artist Larry Krause, a Paddockwood resident who also serves as the show’s producer. Krause first came up with the idea for the show after sensing a void in TV programming for country music fans.

“I always felt there was a bit of a vacuum in the fact that there was a lot of music coming out but really not a lot of local stuff, and that there was just something lacking in television as far as music and those kinds of shows went,” he explained.

“Through just kind of a coincidence, I had to do some stuff over at Shaw and I met up with (executive producer) Lisa Risom and bounced my idea off of her … She figured it was something that had some merit and the next thing you know, we started running with it.”

Krause said Risom deserves the bulk of the credit for getting the show get off the ground.

“She did all the hard editing work and that type thing. I had the easy part,” he said with a chuckle. “I just sang songs and did the hosting.”

Krause jokingly described Timberline as his version of a “Prince Albert-based Tommy Hunter sort of show,” referencing one of Canada’s longest-running country music programs. Thus far, the production team has filmed seven episodes that are currently waiting to air.

Each episode has the same format: Krause begins by performing a song before bringing out the guests and interviewing them. The guest artist plays a few numbers, after which the show ends with a country-gospel selection.

I always felt there was a bit of a vacuum in the fact that there was a lot of music coming out but really not a lot of local stuff. Larry Krause

Although Krause has brought on some well-known artists, including Prince Albert’s own Donny Parenteau, he also made a conscious effort to feature talented up-and-coming musicians.

“There are … some very good songwriters that have never been on a TV show before that I’ve come in contact with during my travels … When I was looking to put together a performer list for the show, these are people that jumped right out because of the good job that they do performing and the great songs that they write, and (for) some of them … other than some stagework, this is their first major exposure.”

Krause himself has plenty of experience, with three recorded albums and years of touring under his belt. But making the jump from musical performer to TV host was something of a challenge.

“There are a lot of people out there that really make it look easy, and I’ve come to understand how good they are in order to make that happen,” he said. “Being a host and interviewing and visiting with them on the one hand is pretty basic, because you’re asking the same type of questions as if you were just sitting around … ‘So how are you doing?’

“But … in order to get the right information that you believe the people out there are going to want to hear about the performer, you have to angle your questions in order to go that direction. So it’s a bit of a transition, but it’s something that I really enjoyed.”

Filmed at the Prince Albert Exhibition Grounds, The Timberline Music Show airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m on Shaw TV.

The premiere episode, featuring guest star Donny Parenteau, will air tomorrow evening.

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Paddockwood, Canada

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