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Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks / Blog

March into Spring

This month performing singer-songwriter GENE CASEY appears at a number of East End / North Fork (and “up island” and NYC) locations, in a variety of musical configurations: solo, trio and as a quartet with his Hall of Fame (Dan’s Papers 2014, thanks Ellen Dioguardi) band, the Lone Sharks. The spotlight will be on Gene’s acclaimed original songs (as heard on the soundtrack of several TV and movie features) in addition to his spirited interpretations of vintage “Americana” roots music. Friday March13 GIACOMO JACK’S. 9pm. (Every 2nd Friday is “Sharks Night” at Jack’s, an Amityville tradition spanning eight years! No cover. Gene is accompanied by Mike Sapienza, drums, Tony Palumbo, upright bass and Mark Mancini, piano/organ.) So. Ketcham Avenue, Amityville,NY. Saturday March 14 JAMESPORT WINERY. 1pm (Gene performs in an intimate setting with Mike Sapienza on snare and Tom Hopkins on upright bass). 1216 Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947. (631)722-5256 Friday March 20 SHANDON COURT. 9pm (Gene returns, trio-style, w. Tony Palumbo, bass, Mike Sapienza, drums. No cover.) Thanks, Ward Cloughen. Saturday March 21 HOTEL INDIGO East, Riverhead. 7pm (Part of the fabulous Winterfest: Live on the Vine music series, Gene and the Lone Sharks – Tony Palumbo, Paul Scher, sax, and Mike Sapienza on drums revisited the ballroom at the Indigo. This is a DANCING oriented show so bring your best moves!) 1830 W Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901. (631) 369-2200. Friday March 27 GREY HORSE TAVERN. 9:30pm (The other regular “Sharks Night” is every fourth Friday of the month at the Grey Horse aka GHT. $5 cover charge. Gene is joined by Tony, Paul and Jeff Dilena, drums. Saturday March 28 COFFEE POT CELLARS. 1pm and 4pm. (Another Winterfest event, Gene performs two shows, solo, sharing the bill with two friends, fine songwriters, Michael Weiskopf and Marty Attridge, respectively.) 31855 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935. Thanks, Don Bracken. Sun March 29 2-A TREEHOUSE, NYC. “Field of Stars Presents, ‘Harmony Swap’ Tribute to the Brill Building. (A special evening jam packed with talented New York–area performers honoring the great songwriters of the legendary Brill Building. Gene will perform two selections with the wonderful Lil Mo, aka Monica Passin). Avenue A and 2nd St. New York, NY. Thanks to Tom Clark. Sat April 4 VINES AND HOPS. (Gene is joined by his little trio w. Corey Kaiser on upright bass and Stan Mitchell on snare.)127 East Main St. Riverhead NY. Thanks, Shari Yeoman. Please checkwww.lonesharks.com for up to date calendar and keep in touch with news about Gene and the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lonesharks To purchaseGene Casey’s music on CD and/or download, please visit http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/genecaseylonesharks http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gclonesharks http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gclonesharks2

Mid winter ramble (2015)

A belated Happy New Year to all and DO stay warm, dry, and safe out on the icy roads, dear friends. Thanks for sending well wishes to CHRIS RIPLEY as he undergoes surgery on his shoulder, putting him out of commission drum-wise for a couple of months. We will certainly be missing Mr Swing. In the meantime the band will maintain a busy show schedule both as a quartet and a trio, with able men sitting in the drum chair till Mr Ripley returns. Some upcoming shows you should know about: THURSDAY, February 12. THE BAYOU in Bellmore, NY. 7--10pm. "GENE'S TRIO" -- with the great TOM HOPKINS, upright bass, and JEFF DILENA on snare and brushes (both cats from RHYTHM BOUND) and Gene Casey on guitar. Note the time (a school night, after all). Read more about the Bayou here (and their "All you can eat Crawfish Boil" on Thursday). www.bayou4fun.com. Thanks Roy Wilson for booking rootsy music at the Bayou. Here is the link for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1395998644041550/?pnref=story FRIDAY, February 13. GIACOMO JACK's in Amityville, NY. 9pm--1am. TONY PALUMBO, bass, PAUL SCHER, tenor sax, Gene, and MIKE SAPIENZA filling in on drums. The 2nd Friday of each month is Sharks Night at Jack's. SUNDAY, February 15. GREENPORT HARBOR BREW TASTING ROOM, Peconic, NY. "GENE'S TRIO" this time is long-time Sharks man STAN MITCHELL on snare and brushes, and COREY KAISER on bass fiddle. If you like great brews and good tunes please stop by the tasting room Sunday afternoon (we hope you all have Monday off). No cover. Here is the link to this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/793687994020038/?pnref=story SATURDAY, February 21. BAY STREET THEATRE, Sag Harbor, NY. 8pm. Annual MARDI GRAS-theme dance concert starring HOO DOO LOUNGERS, with Joe Lauro and Dawnette Darden, David Giacone and more. Gene and the Lone Sharks (Tony, Paul and Jeff Dilena) open the show. Bay St box office: (631) 725-9500. Link to this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1430113137280654/ FRIDAY, February 27. GREY HORSE TAVERN, Bayport, NY. 9:30pm--12:30am. Every 4th Friday of the month is SHARKS NIGHT at the Grey Horse, and boy are we happy about that. Great food and the pub room is well stocked with good brews and great people. $5 cover charge. Gene, Tony, Mike, and Mark Mancini, keyboards. SATURDAY, February 28. GREENPORT HARBOR BREW TASTING ROOM. A benefit for the PECONIC COMMUNITY SCHOOL. Thanks Liz Casey and Erika Wood Heidemann. https://www.facebook.com/events/772220096195017/ Tickets $35 includes one pint and finger food. Benefit for Peconic Community School, non-profit, independent school in Aquebogue, NY that offers learning opportunities that are collaborative, arts-integrated, and community focused. For more info see: http://www.peconiccommunityschool.org/events/ Please see this link for more information: www.peconiccommunityschool.org.

New Year, Elvis, January dates...

WE WISH YOU AND YOURS A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR! Without your support of local artists and live music we simply would not be the busy little Sharks we’ve been! 2014 was a memorable year for the band and this year promises exciting recording projects and tours. Here is what is going on this month in Lone Sharks land. 1.) Friday January 9, at 9pm, SHARKS NIGHT at GIACOMO JACK’s in Amityville, NY. No cover charge! Just good food, brews, and great live music. 248 South Ketcham Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701. (631) 691-2722 2.) Saturday January 10. 8pm. A very special evening. Sag Harbor’s famous BAY STREET THEATER presents ELVIS 80, a celebration of the music of Elvis Presley (born Jan 8 1935), featuring Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, with special guests, including The New York Vendettas and others. There will be room for dancing, which after all, is what early rock & roll was all about. For more information here is the on-line link courtesy of Bay Street Theater: http://www.baystreet.org/calendar/a-tribute-to-the-king/ For those on Facebook here is the link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455661991322992/?pnref=story 3.) Friday January 16, 9pm, SHANDON COURT, East Islip. 115 East Main Street, East Islip, NY 11730. (631) 581-5678. Happy to be returning to this cool pub/restaurant. 4.) Saturday January 17. 2—5pm. GENE’s TRIO, a stripped-down version of the band, with Corey Kaiser on upright bass and Mike Sapienza on snare drum and brushes will perform at the newly opened Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. 42155 Main Road, Peconic, NY 11958 5.) Friday January 23, 9:30pm, Sharks Night at the GREY HORSE TAVERN. Great folks, food, and pretty darn good band! $5 cover. 6.) Saturday January 24 6—10pm. Riverhead’s Polish Hall, 214 Marcy Av. ROCKIN’ for the HOMELESS VII. 3 bands and plenty of dancing for a very good cause. Here is a link regarding tickets and info for this event: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1024707

Rhythm Bound Meets Lone Sharks!

Bassist Tom Hopkins and drummer Jeff Dilena, both from the great band Rhythm Bound are guest Lone Sharks this weekend. See us at Napper Tandy's in Northport, NY, Sat 2/22 at 9pm.

Winterfest 2014

Having kicked off this year's WINTERFEST: Live on the Vine with a rocking show (with Mambo Loco) at the Suffolk Theater last month, GENE CASEY and the Lone Sharks will put on a rock & roll dance party Saturday Feb 15 at HOTEL INDIGO in Riverhead. 7pm--11pm. http://long-island.newsday.com/events/live-on-the-vine-gene-casey-and-the-lone-sharks-1.6970545

3 Shows this Weekend 1/24,25,26

Three interesting shows this weekend you should know about:

FRIDAY, January 24, from 9:30pm -- 12:30am, GENE CASEY and the LONE SHARKS (w. Paul Scher, Chris Ripley, Tony Palumbo) return to one of our favorite venues, the GREY HORSE TAVERN, 291 Bayport Ave, Bayport, NY 11705. (631) 472-1868. Every 4th Friday of the month is Sharks Night at the Horse, of course! Thanks to Linda Ringhouse, Irene Dougal, and staff.

SATURDAY, January 25, from 6--10pm, the 5th Annual "Rockin' for the Homeless" concert (with room for dancing). Door prizes, raffles, 4 bands, including Boot Scoot Boogie (featuring Shari Yeoman), Who Are Those Guys, and Gene and Lone Sharks. POLISH HALL, 214 Marcy Avenue, Riverhead, NY. See: http://www.rockinforthehomeless.org/

SUNDAY, January 26, from 8:30--12mdnt. The Field of Stars Presents "The Great Harmony Swap: a tribute to Phil Everly" featuring NY-area singers teaming up to celebrate not only the Everly Brothers but many harmony duos in pop & C&W history. Gene Casey joins Monica Passin, Elena & Boo, Jahn Xavier, Thirsty Dave and George Gilmore, Tom Clark and Brian Halverson, Linda Hill, Drina Seay, Homeboy Steve, Dave Foster, Mark Humble, Lianne Smith and Mary Lee Kortes... The Treehouse at 2-A, Avenue A at Second St, NY, NY.

Thank you for supporting live, local music in 2014! Thanks to WPKN, WEHM, North Fork Sound, WPPB, David James and WUSB for playing original music by the Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks. To purchase CDs, download music please see: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/GeneCaseytheLoneSharks

9/14/13 25 Years of Rhythm & Twang






GENE CASEY and the Lone Sharks: UNTRAINED , New Release.

“Untrained”? Hardly!!! 20-plus years leading New York’s premier full-tilt boogie and rockabilly band – the LONE SHARKS -- has taught GENE CASEY a thing or two about classic roots music. Gene's new album, "Untrained" reflects a fascination with vintage pop styles he has mastered while fronting the Sharks (“Maximum Rhythm & Twang since 1988”) and backing such legendary artists as Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson, rockabilly giant Sleepy LaBeef, Gospel music's Highway QCs, and supporting acts such as NRBQ, the late Link Wray, Elvis Costello, and member of the Band.

In recent years Gene has had his songs used in TV shows (FX Networks “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy”) and film (2012 “The Tall Man” starring Jessica Biel) exposing his music beyond the live music circuit that has long been his realm.

Indeed, “Untrained” is the work of a passionate live performer turned brilliant studio artist, writing and arranging, co-producing with Johnny Blood (guitarist for another East End legend, Nancy Atlas), singing and occasionally playing all the instruments a la post-CCR John Fogerty and Dave Edmunds (to whose partner, Nick Lowe, Gene's work has been compared), as well as tracks featuring Lone Sharks mates Paul Scher, saxophone, Chris Ripley, drums, and Tony Palumbo, upright bass.

Of particular and timely delight is the first holiday song Gene has ever written, the buoyant “Christmas Lights” which harkens back to the “wall of sound” era and has a message both simple and enduring.

“Untrained” celebrates the roots of contemporary Americana, 12 original songs that evoke the romantic sweep of 60s pop, classic C&W and the raw untamed spirit of early rock & roll. This new collection is destined to be a classic in its own right. www.lonesharks.com http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/genecaseylonesharks

See Itunes.com and Amazon.com to download “Untrained”; “What Happened” (2008) and “Rhythm & Twang (2009)


ORIGINAL MUSIC by GENE CASEY and the LONE SHARKS for sale on CD and download!

Thanks for voting Gene and the Lone Sharks "Best of the Best" in 4 categories in Dans Papers Reader's Poll. Next month marks the release of a brand new full-length, all-original CD by Gene Casey, entitled “Untrained” recorded at Johnny Blood’s studio in East Hampton, NY. In anticipation of this we would like to bring you up to date on all other available recordings.

GENE CASEY and the LONE SHARKS: WHAT HAPPENED http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gclonesharks 2008’s “WHAT HAPPENED” features “Bad Baby”; “That’s What Cheaters Do”; “It Should Rain” ( as heard on the soundtrack of the FX Network’s’ “Justified”); “Who’s Sharing the Moon” (as heard on the soundtrack for the feature film starring Jessica Biel, “The Tall Man”). Musicians include Chris Ripley, drums, Tony Palumbo, bass, Paul Scher, saxophone. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1658837/

Reviewing “What Happened” Baylis Greene in The East Hampton STAR wrote: “Mr. Casey has explored the more rewarding corners of country and western music and its progeny and come up with a disc that remains thematically of a piece — love, sex, and what the hell goes wrong — while he and the boys change speeds with practically each song in turn.”

GENE CASEY and the LONE SHARKS : RHYTHM & TWANG http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gclonesharks2 2010’s “RHYTHM & TWANG” includes including “It Turned Out That Way” (from FX Network's “Justified”); “It’s a Free Country” (heard on “The Tall Man”), “Sherri on the Ferry” and Lone Sharks renditions of classic R&B in a live setting. Includes contributions by Joe Lauro, bass, Natasha Kozak, violin,and Andy Burton, piano and organ.

GENE CASEY and the LONE SHARKS: MANANA, MANANA http://www.amazon.com/Ma%C3%B1ana/dp/B009Y6XNGY Download Gene and the Lone Sharks’ “Manana, Manana” as heard on FX Network’s “Sons of Anarchy”

STANLEY JOHN MITCHELL: https://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-john-mitchell-best/id525067390?v0=9989&ign-mpt=uo%3D1 Longtime Lone Sharks drummer Stanley John Mitchell put out a new CD of his tunes this year, including the famous “$13 Check” with Gene Casey on guitar and harmony vocal.

NANCY ATLAS PROJECT: http://www.allmusic.com/album/feels-like-home-vol-2-nancy-atlas-live-at-guild-hall-mw0001271361 Good friend and fellow vet of the East End music scene, Nancy Atlas released a live album a few years back, featuring a duet w. special guest, Gene Casey on his song, “Who’s Sharing The Moon.”

TRIBUTE to RAY DAVIES and the KINKS: http://www.paradiddlerecords.com/home/pdm/page_2778/kinks_kinks_unkovered_ray_davies_long_island.html Lone Sharks contribute a version of "Willesden Green" to this acclaimed collection.

TRIBUTE to BOB DYLAN: http://www.paradiddlerecords.com/home/pdm/page_2745/bob_dylan_bob_dylan_uncovered_long_island.html On this compilation the Lone Sharks offer a twangy version of Dylan's "Down Along the Cove". Thanks Bill Herman and Tom Crawford and all other artists.

THANKS TO THESE RADIO STATIONS FOR PLAYING OUR MUSIC REGULARLY: WPPB 88.3 FM; Howard Thompson's "Pure" on WPKN 89.5; WEHM 92.9FM; WUSB 90.1 FM (Charlie Backfish).

"WHAT HAPPENED" is part of the collection at the John Jermain Library in Sag Harbor, NY and at the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport.