Alligator art guitars from Louisiana
John Preble was born in 1948 in New Orleans Louisiana.
His father, Warren G. Preble, was a mathematician from Kansas. His mother,
Marie Louise Soperri, was from Basel, Switzerland. Preble grew up in St.
Bernard Parish, Louisiana, a working class suburb of New Orleans.
With encouragement from his mother, John pursued his interest in art.
The family purchased an electric chord organ when he was teenager. For
the next year, John had informal electric organ lessons . During high
school, in the mid 1960s, he developed an interest in independent film-making
which was all the craze. With the arrival of the Beatles on the music
scene, he was inspired to write music. Though his achievement on the
organ was unremarkable, he would occasionally play with other musicians.
All along, he continued to write songs.
Upon returning to Lafayette, he met Margareta Lahme, a divorced German woman with 2 young sons. She was thirteen years his senior. They shared a house that became a popular meeting place for artists. It was there that he met Ann O'Brien, who would, years later, become his wife.
He was a popular student with his professors. He was also very outspoken.
All during this time, his interest in music continued. His friends were
mostly musicians and artists. These included Ed Pramuk, a professor
of Art at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Pramuk encouraged
him to transfer to the Baton Rouge school where, after attending two
semesters, he graduated.
The Preble -O'Brien household was the center of the artistic community in Abita Springs for many years. They hosted numerous holiday parties and their guest house was often occupied. During this time the couple succeeded in "flipping" houses in the local booming real estate market.
Dub Brock (Bobby Lounge) and Preble struck up a friendship when the two discovered a common interest in the piano and in song writing. With a partner, Edward Deano, Preble purchased a music venue in Mandeville to create a stage where Bobby Lounge could perform. He had encouraged Lounge to write and perform with the goal of becoming a popular regional entertainer. Not long after this was underway, Lounge was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This disability put his career on hold for the over twelve years. When Bobby Lounge became well enough to perform once again, Preble became his manager. He parlayed Lounge's absence from the music scene into a local "come back" phenomena.
the mid 90's Preble became involved with Franzen Brothers. Circus. He
met Wayne Franzen once when the circus came to Abita Springs, and later
Preble worked with the one-ring tent show. Preble's work with the circus
ended in 1997 when Wayne was tragically killed by one of the troupe's
Preble's home was partially destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Shortly
thereafter, O'Brien was diagnosed with cancer. She died five months
later, in 2006. Devastated by the death of his wife of 27 years, and
burdened by the damage reaped by the hurricane, Preble survived with
the help of the small town community as he "walked through the
desert" for a year. Preble kept busy with parenting his sons and
stabilizing their damage home. As a result of these life altering events,
Preble became more introspective and interested in the human experience.
The lack of tourism resulted in a shift of focus for Preble. Once again
he has pursued music business interests.
All guitars are one of a kind, gig worthy works of art from the studio of John Preble, Abita Springs, Louisiana.