Sample Glenn Lehman's music
Glenn Lehman is a multi- talented country and bluegrass performer
sometimes dubbed the "Appalachian Troubadour".
He has recorded 40+ albums, some at the request of Smithsonian
Institute and U.S. Library of Congress to be preserved as
part of our Appalachian heritage.
He is equally proficient on
a variety of stringed music instruments, the mandolin
and Dobro guitar being his most preferred. He plays
his Martin guitar when he is asked to sing.
Glenn was born on February 24, 1935 in Oliver, Pennsylvania, a coal
mining community in Fayette County, the third son of George and
Jennie Lehman. With his older brother George Jr., he began playing
stringed instruments in the early 1940's. It wasn't long before they were
performing for the public at dances and stage shows
throughout western Pennsylvania.
When brother George married and left home, it was
Glenn who went on to develop his music in the manner he does today.
Although Glenn admits that he is a montage of many styles of music,
the old hillbilly radio shows as his greatest source of influence. His keen
interest in mountain songs is credited to Bradley Kincaid's legacy of
collecting material and bringing it to radio. To this day, Glenn continues
the pursuit of the old-time American ballads, recording them when he can,
for preservation for generations to come. His personal collection numbers
well over 3500, and he is always looking for that
"one more". Bluegrass Unlimited once wrote, "He has a knack for
finding old obscure heart songs".
Glenn's early years were spent in the Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Ohio area where he played and sang back-up for many performers, the most notable being Hawkshaw Hawkins, Ernie Broderick, and Texas Ray
and Mae (Rohm). He entered radio when
sixteen years old with The Hayloft Jamboree out of Uniontown, PA.
moved to his own show in Connellsville, PA where he would do two
a week for over a year. At 20 years of age, he moved to Ohio to finish a
college education, but music haunted his every
move. He was pursued by the "Hootananny" crowd and eventually the
bluegrass movement. Bluegrass would bring him greater recognition and
opened the way for guest appearances with greats like Bill Harrell, Carl
and Mac Wiseman, plus old time country artists like Doc Williams,
Speedy Krise and most recently Walter Bailes. He has also made several
appearances on the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree.
Although some attempts were made at recording in the '60's, it
1983 that Lou Ukelson of Vetco Records in Cincinnati, really took an interest
in recording Glenn and his old style of music. However it took about five
years before he really got seriously into recording. To date he has recorded
some 40 albums, some of
which were requests by the U.S. Library of Congress and the
Smithsonian Institute, to be listed as part of our Appalacian
Sample Glenn Lehman's music.
Today Mr. Lehman lives near Southington, Ohio, with his wife
their 43 years of marriage, they raised a son and a daughter, who in turn
have blessed their lives with four loving grandchildren. Glenn's Christian
heritage is never absent from his performances and although some of his
ancestors looked rather harshly upon worldly music, many of his songs
deal with the struggles of life, the mountains, home and family, and
the value of man's relationship to God.