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Glenn Ohrlin

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  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s


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Glenn Ohrlin is a veteran of the cattle industry and has worked the rodeo circuit, both while being an acquisitive performer -- enough so that he eventually put his knowledge about Western folk songs into a book, The Hell Bound Train, for the University of Illinois Press. His particular approach to performance of Western music relies on simplicity -- voice and guitar, with the additional of a fiddler on some tunes and, once in a while, a second guitarist. This approach can be heard on his Rounder set, A Cowboy's Life, which includes, amongst a variety of cowboy songs, a version of "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" and a sad version of "My Bonny Black Bess." Ohrlin has a rough and ready sound to his performances that is quite charming.