At the age of seven Lem got his first guitar, and he hasn't put it down since.
Lem picked up the nickname "Ranger Lem" while working as a ranger in various national parks. He maintained a cowboy heart while enforcing the laws and protecting the public. His style has been described as a cross between the charm of Roy Rogers and the grit of John Wayne.
In addition to Christian Country, Lem also does cowboy and country western concerts in auditoriums, resorts, fairs, rodeos, festivals, RV clubs, retirement homes, weddings and private parties, where he performs solo or with his band.
Besides being a talented guitarist, Lem often pulls out the banjo, mandolin or fiddle. He is an accomplished songwriter and you will hear many of his original songs at the cowboy, country or gospel concerts. He has also written and recorded several bluegrass songs. Many of the songs Lem sings are from such greats as Gene Autry; Johnny Cash; Merle Haggard; Alan Jackson; Sons of the Pioneers; Chuck Berry; Elvis; Buck Owens; George Strait; Bob Wills; Ricky Skaggs; Jimmy Rogers and many more. During his cowboy shows Lem recites true life stories and poems.
In 1987-88 Lem worked as a Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park located in Washington State. In 1989 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 her and his dad 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." In 2009 Lem was recognized as the last mounted ranger of Zion National Park.
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.
Jay Gregory Radio Show:
"That's some pew jumping music!"
San Juan Co. Journal:
"…making a difference in family entertainment."
WMA (Western Music Assoc.)
"He is the real stuff…"
Power Source Magazine, June music review:
Run My Race "This album is what I call traditional Country...talent for the whole family, from Grandpa to the youngest."
Chris Bartness (Upright Bass),
Scott Fulcher (Lead Guitar),
Chrisann Gray (Fiddle/Accordion),
Harold Christensen (Lap Steel/Dobro),
Gregg Learner (Drums),
Lem Pratt (Guitar/Fiddle/Mandolin)