For most of us, our job is what we do to pay the bills. A rare few are lucky enough to have their "dream job"; most of us though do our "day job", relegating our passions to the sidelines.
Then there are those, like Gene Presler, who works for The Standard. By day Gene works for the insurance company; devoting his spare time to music.
Born in Vancouver, Washington, Gene was the middle child of nine born to Ed and Faye Presler. Gene grew up in an atmosphere filled with music. Most of his relatives played an instrument and everyone sang. Some of Gene's early influences were Hank Williams, Hank Snow, The Sons of the Pioneers and the Carter Family; all favorite artists of his parents.
While living in Montana, Gene's music genre knowledge increased when his older brother introduced him to the music of artists like Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and the Beach Boys. It was also during this period that Gene first heard the Beatles and was completely hooked. He wanted to be one of the Beatles; actually, he wanted to be all of them!
At the age of eighteen Gene learned to play guitar, though it wasn't until he was in his thirties that he really devoted himself to the craft. Even now he says he really only plays rhythm guitar.
For the most part Gene has sang harmony for others. When he began writing his own songs however, he also began singing them. Over the years Gene has written more than a hundred songs, with as wide a range of musical styles as those that influenced him early on. One of my favorites is called "That's Called Love". It's a beautiful song, and Gene's voice enhances the beauty of the lyrics and music.
Along with his group, the Vantucky Ramblers, Gene performs at local venues in the Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, Washington region. One of the songs the group performs for audiences is called "If I Had To Climb Me A Mountain". The song, heavily tinged with bluegrass, was written by Gene after a trip to Nashville.
This is just a small post about Gene Presler and the Vantucky Ramblers. If you like what you've read and heard, be sure to check out Gene and the band on Facebook: www.facebook.com/public/Vantucky-Ramblers, or look them up on YouTube.