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Album Review

Western singer and musicologist Ohrlin works through a collection of 17 songs and two poems, mostly accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, with occasional assistance from fiddler J.P. Fraley and second guitarist Gordon McCann. The solo performances, with their spareness, drive home the bareness of the cowboy life, while the several songs accompanied by Fraley's low-key fiddle work take on a sweeter, lighter tone. Ohrlin is the author of The Hell Bound Train (University of Illinois Press) and has compiled his repertoire via working for decades as a cattleman and rodeo worker. Though worthwhile for the student of western songlore, this is perhaps a little on the dry side for the casual fan. ~ Steven E. McDonald, Rovi


Born: 26 October 1926 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

b. 26 October 1926, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Ohrlin’s father was a Swedish immigrant, and his mother’s parents were from Norway. Apart from learning basic tunes and songs, and guitar technique, Ohrlin wanted to be a horse rider. At the age of 14, his family moved to California, and two years later he left home to go to Nevada to work in rodeo. He also worked on ranches throughout the West, and served in the US Army from 1945-46. After World War II, Ohrlin continued to absorb musical influences,...
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