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Country artist Larry Krause hits Swift Current stage March 22

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With a background singing in high school and in the Mennonite church, and a history of working on the farm, it was only natural for Saskatchewan singer / songwriter Larry Krause to drift into country and western music.

 

 

“I really enjoy the storytelling aspect of it,” admitted Krause, who is currently the Saskatchewan Country Music Association's 'Roots Artist of the Year'. “This is a way I can talk about people, places, and events I feel are important, and get it out in a fashion that might be a bit more memorable than just telling the story.”

 

Krause finds inspiration right here in Saskatchewan, in the years he has spent on the farm working with cattle. He will be sharing his stories in a traditional, acoustic country western style in Swift Current on March 22.

 

“I think my background gives me a good feel for what happens day to day on the farms and ranches throughout Western Canada, and for the people and personalities that make that up,” he noted. “I'm inspired by the people I meet at shows, the stories I hear, and a lot of it reflects back to my own personal experiences.”

 

Krause has been making music for most of his life, after starting out in choirs in high school and in church. Over the past fifteen years, he has been pursuing the performance aspect, and does a lot of combination shows featuring western and country gospel music.

 

“I perform quite often, and have travelled quite a bit across Western Canada,” he said. “I love getting out and playing, being on the road and meeting people. I do it every chance I can. It's a great feeling, getting up there in front of an audience and feeling the energy that radiates off of them, that you are generating through your music and stories.”

 

He is grateful to have the opportunity to keep western music alive, sharing with audiences the feelings of peace and contentment that come with living in the country and working with cattle.

 

“Mainstream music has left a lot of these stories and a lot of that music behind, and everything is just getting bigger, better, and faster,” he said. “But there is a real strong, solid group of people who are wondering where it went. It's great for me, because I can show up and play that kind of music that they are accustomed to hearing, that maybe reflects their life. I feel very satisfied, filling that little niche.”

 

Krause will be performing at the Lion's Hall in Swift Current on March 22 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the show are only $15, and available at the door.

 

“I like to have fun on stage,” added Krause. “I tell stories and jokes, and while I do a fair bit of my own music, I bounce across pretty near the entire gamut of traditional country songs and newer western songs. It's something I feel comfortable doing, and there are a lot of people out there who appreciate that.”

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