singer and song writer
For over 30 years Lem has performed Country and Western Music for all ages in multiple venues. From Opryland to the little county church. He has recorded 11 albums. The album Run My Race received great reviews with songs "Just Take It One Day at a Time" and "This Town" airing on 174 radio stations, and both finishing in the top 10 on the indipendant charts. Many of his music videos can be seen on Youtube.
His concerts feature many loved Country and Western standards long with carefully picked originals, "Play what they want to hear and leave them wanting more".
Lem worked as a Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park located in Washington State. He transferred to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. It was at Bryce Canyon that Lem started his experience as a Backcountry Ranger patrolling the canyons and plateaus of the wilderness, which honed him for later positions at Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks.
He then transferred to Zion National Park where he supervised the 40,000 acres of the Kolob Canyons backcountry. During this time Lem spent 14 to 20 mile days on horseback. With his horse Red, dubbed the "Mountain Cayuse" by the rangers, Lem fought wildfires, poachers, rounded up stray cattle, mended fence lines, conducted rescues and wrote music. When Lem heard the call of the Grand Canyon he decided for his mother's 50th birthday he would take his mom and dad to the bottom of Grand Canyon to stay in the ranger cabin at Phantom Ranch.
Lem filmed a commercial at the Grand Canyon for SL Ranch Publication. It was an experience he will never forget! "We spent three days filming the commercial just outside of the park along the south rim. The camera crew was great, and patient. It was long hours of singing the same songs over and over while different camera angles were shot. One morning we had to be up at 4:00 am to get a shot with a herd of elk in the background, while I rode my horse across the scenery. They even had me petting a pet buffalo. I'm ever thankful for the opportunity. Not many people get a chance to do something like this."
If Lem wasn't rangering then he was either singing or punching cattle. "The hardest and most rewarding job I ever did was working cows. The challenges of working in all kinds of weather, finding strays and keeping in time with your horse, that from time to time you were sure that the devil himself had made, along with the peacefulness and beauty is beyond compare." Lem worked the Binkerhoff Ranch out of Tropic, Utah from 1989 to 1992. In 1992 he helped out Rancher John Sims in Cedar City, Utah and the Cedar City Long Horn cattle Company on their annual drives until he moved to Arizona in 1996.
During this period Lem wrote and recorded much of his cowboy music, which he coined "Cowboy-Billy-Music" and started performing live shows with many great musicians and support staff.