Brian Sklar Biography
One of Canada’s most awarded country music performers, Brian Sklar has built a reputation as a world-class entertainer in Canada, the United States and Europe. His credits include 43 albums, numerous chart singles, and over 350 network and syndicated television shows.
Live performance credits include multiple appearances at the world-famous Calgary Stampede, telethons in virtually every province and state of the union, and headliner status at world-class events such as the Houston Stock Show and Rodeo, the Swiss National Exhibition, the world's largest country jamboree in Mirande, France (130,000 people) and the Canadian National Exhibition, plus guest appearances on the Grand Ol Opry and the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree.
Sklar’s television series, CTV’s Number One West, has won a total of six national awards for excellence. The show features Sklar and his Band, with a headline guest each week from the Grand Ol Opry, as well as appearances by notable Canadian country recording artists.
Sklar’s group, the TEX PISTOLS, is a throwback to the days of country superstars like Ray Price, Faron Young, Bob Wills and the Sons of the Pioneers. The band’s originals sound like Nashville 1965, and in some cases, Texas 1933. The group's trademarks are Nudie-style rhinestone suits and interaction with the audience the way entertainers used to in Las Vegas in the 50s and 60s.
In the '90s a young fiddler named Donny Parenteau joined Sklar's television family. He went on to tour with Neal McCoy for 12 years and has now settled back in Prince Albert, along with his family. He has three JUNO nominations to his credit and several Euro tours over the past few years. Sklar and Parenteau have joined forces to produce Fiddle Frenzy, a stage show featuring fiddle standards, stories about growing up Metis on Prince Albert's West Flat and on the north side of the North Saskatchewan River. The show is currently on the road and the fiddlers have a new CD, called Fiddle Frenzy, available for sale at their live shows and on this site.
Brian Sklar and the Tex Pistols are an extremely entertaining trip back to the future; yesterday’s classic country played with today’s energy.
"Brian Sklar is Mr. Showmanship; I admire him as a friend and fellow entertainer"
- Jean Shepard, Grand Ole Opry
“Brian Sklar and the Tex Pistols (is) the only group to put the real 'country' in country music…keeping you entertained the whole night through”
- Willy Cole, Broadcast Legend, 620 CKRM Regina
“A total entertainment experience, the Brian Sklar Show is a must-see for anyone who likes to party and loves real country music”
- Kees De Haan, Crossroads Music, the Netherlands
"Brian Sklar and the Tex Pistols are simply the best show group “Dreams” has ever worked with…always a guaranteed sellout"
- Earl Fried, Air Canada, Dreams Take Flight, Calgary
"Brian Sklar and the Tex Pistols love what they do, and it shows; every performance is a genuine first-class entertainment experience"
- Andy Zahnd, President and CEO, AAC International
"A Tex Pistols performance is like a night in Vegas…real showmanship and great music"
- Marvin Wiens, Past President, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool
"When it comes to entertaining at fairs, rodeos, conventions, and casinos, nobody beats the Tex Pistols. From the Calgary Stampede, to Las Vegas, to appearances with symphony orchestras, to the biggest music festivals in Europe, the Tex Pistols have built a reputation for great music and showmanship that is second to none in the music industry"
- Don Young, President Emeritus, Local 446 AFM
"To have a great event, you need a great band; nobody does it better than Brian Sklar and the Tex Pistols"
- Rod Kitter, CJWW Radio, Saskatoon