The Country Gentlemen

The Country Gentlemen
The Country Gentlemen

The set of the Tumbleweed Trail TV show from CHAT TV. This was a half hour weekly live musical show featuring the Country Gentlemen and ran for 3 years, 1963 to 1965?? . As CHAT was the only channel available this show reached many homes in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.  On their show they could promote upcoming dances which would   attract large crowds. This shot shows Vic Everts (fiddle) Archie Thome (guitar) (See Archie Thome ,  The Pet Milk Band, Ray and Wayne Spackman) Carl Zubot (bass) (See Joe Boschee, The Pet Milk Band)  Circa 1965??

The Country Gentlemen
The Country Gentlemen

On the set of the weekly CHAT TV live  music show Tumbleweed Trail featuring the Country Gentlemen. This show gave exposure to the band and led to them attracting large crowds to dances throughout Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. The show ran for 3 years between 1963 and 1965??.  L to R Warner Fieldhouse , Stan Antonuk (guitar) ( See Ed and Gloria van Wert) Joey Reeder (accordian) Vic Everts (fiddle) Carl Zubot (bass).

The Country Gentlemen
The Country Gentlemen

Another shot of the Tumbleweed Trail TV show on CHAT TV featuring the Country Gentlemen.  1963 to 1966??  L to R  unknown lady , Warner Fieldhouse, Stan Antonuk (guitar).

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On the set of the CHAT TV Tumbleweed Trail TV show between 1963 and 1965?? The series was hosted by the Country Gentlemen who gained great popularity from this production.  L to R …… Warner Fieldhouse (vocal) Archie Thome (guitar) Carl Zubot (bass). It also helped that Warner Fieldhouse was the country music DJ on CHAT Radio and could further promote the band’s live appearances.

The Country Gentlemen
The Country Gentlemen

In the mid sixties CHAT TV commercials consisted of hand drawn cards by staff artist Pete or August Sehn. The cards were placed on an easel and the camera focused in on the card while a live narration giving details of an upcoming live event  was read. This is an example of a  card that was used to promote dances by the Country Gentlemen. This form of advertising would reach every household in Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan that had a TV and result in priceless promotion for the band. Most of this area had only ONE channel of TV so it was a captive audience. The Country Gentlemen, because of their TV exposure , would draw huge crowds to community rural dances.  The band consisted of Warner Fieldhouse on guitar and vocals, Archie Thome on guitar and vocals, Carl Zubot on bass and vocals, Vic Everts on fiddle and Stan Antonuk on lead guitar. Joey Reeder ( See Art and Emma Heckenliable, Joe Boschee) on accordion was also an occasional member.

Country Gentlemen
Country Gentlemen

This is an early 1960s foto of the precursor to the Country Gentlemen( or were they called the Country Gentlemen already??) and was taken in the original CHAT Radio studio on First Street. The glassed in area behind the band was the DJ control room. This was also about the same time as the Pet Milk Band.   L to R Stan Antonuk (guitar) ( See Lemmana Septet…  Archie Thome (guitar) …. Dave Naismith ( bass) (See Lemmana Septet)….Ben Wilke (steel guitar)….Warner Fieldhouse (rhythm guitar and vocals)….Joe Boschee (fiddle).  Warner Fieldhouse was also the country DJ on CHAT Radio.

The Country Gentlemen
The Country Gentlemen

The Country Gentlemen filling in for an evening at the Corona Ballroom about 1963?? Left to right….Stan Antonuk, Warner Fieldhouse, unknown lady, Archie Thome.