THE OKLAHOMA GAMBLIN' MAN
Gary Rex Tanner
Who's the man behind the mask
What's that up his sleeve you ask
Keep your eyes on the hands
THE OKLAHOMA GAMBLIN' MAN
"The Oklahoma Gamblin' Man" is a biographical book about his father, Rex Tanner. Rex migrated to California with over a million other Oklahoma natives in the 1930's and 1940's. After a lifetime of hearing and retelling these stories, Gary Rex Tanner decided to memorialize them in writing, put pen to paper and to share them with others. Gary Rex Tanner's father, Rex, was born on July 4, 1913, more than a hundred years ago. His story is one chapter in the book of our country. His life and his stories are pure Americana and as time marches on, the likes of Rex Tanner and others like him, will never be seen again. "The Oklahoma Gamblin' Man" harkens back to a simpler time when a family's tales were recounted over and over and the art of storytelling was the evening's entertainment. Gary invites readers to sit back, to enjoy and to let his family lore fill their imagination. Gary Rex Tanner is also an accomplished singer/songwriter who signed with 20th Century Fox Music in 1979. He charted with his own version of "Over the Rainbow" and has worked with many prominent music business figures and musicians. All the songs on the 'Oklahoma Gamblin' Man" CD are also available free to sample in their entirety on garyrextanner.com.
(written by Daisy Tanner)
FROM BACK COVER
Rex Tanner lived his unique and colorful life as a folk hero, incognito. Even from early childhood he was able to draw from his natural ingenuity to sidestep danger as he adroitly and fearlessly turned negative situations into positive solutions, learning and growing from his experiences. His story is that of a member of what has been called
"America's Greatest Generation,"
One of which he was a proud, card-carrying member.
Gary Rex Tanner is a second generation"Okie" born in Modesto, California before WWII. He is also an accomplished singer songwriter and has just released a new CD to accompany his first book "The Oklahoma Gamblin' Man". He lives a quiet, somewhat reclusive life with his wife Daisy in a remote area of North San Diego County in California, overlooking a small lake with a majestic unobstructed view of Palomar Mountain.
This book shares the journeys of Rex Albert Tanner, and his experiences throughout American history. We go from prior to WWI and it never ends. The story begins in Oklahoma Indian Territory, going through the "Roaring 20's", the Great Depression era with it's gangsters, WWII and California becoming a great economy. Sometimes the reader will be intrigued and sometimes the story is found to be hilarious. The book includes original songs, authentic photos of the mentioned characters with water colored pictures of the scenery. The book leaves you feeling like you personally knew Rex Albert Tanner. This was a wonderful story of the Okie migration to California during the Great Depression. This is the story of an individual who worked diligently through the hard challenges of his time. A great book that I would recommend to everyone. When you're done, you come away with a lot of information and a feeling that you were a friend of Rex Albert Tanner.
I was given a complimentary copy of THE OKLAHOMA GAMBLIN' MAN from the author, Gary Rex Tanner, son of Rex Albert Tanner, for my view of the book.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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