|Gene's first band was "The Edsells". They released a single in 1981 which got airplay on college radio across Canada. One of the highlights for Gene was playing with "54-40" at The Smiling Buddha in Vancouver, BC. "The Edsells" became "The Rockin'Edsels" and they released a EP in 1984 entitled "Rock Five Screamin' Alive". It got heavy airplay on college radio across Canada and the U.S. Their first major opening spot was with Blue Rodeo in Toronto, Ontario. The band underwent some changes and became "The Last Wild Sons". In 1992 they released a CD entitled "Heart of the Workin'Man". They opened for major recording acts such as BTO, The Kentucky Headhunters, Colin James, Blues Legend Junior Wells, Tom Russell, The Cowboy Junkies, The Blasters and The Beat Farmers.
As a songwriter Gene was influenced by The Beatles in particular John Lennon because his songs were meaningful and carried a message and Buddy Holly because of the simplicity and beauty of his songs. Gene's guitar playing has been influenced by such greats as Brian Setzer, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Cochran and Dave Alvin.
In 1991 Gene's youngest daughter was born. His wife became very ill and she was miraculously healed through prayer. The healing power of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit became real in his life and the Lord began to open his eyes. God showed him his priorities were in the wrong order and he needed to put Him first.