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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.



Cheers to all who came to BAY STREET THEATRE Theatre Saturday to see Gene & the Sharks and the fantastic MARY McBRIDE Band close out the acclaimed Sag Harbor American Music Festival, '12. Thanks to those who organized the she-bang, like Kelly Connaughton, Gary Hygom, Murphy Davis, and Mike Mazzaraco doing sound. The Lone Sharks were joined by special guest singers, Sarah Conway, Leroy Klavis, and Joe Lauro. If anyone has photos from this show please feel free to post them. Thanks again.

More October dates:

FRI OCT 12, 9pm. GIACOMO JACKS, 248 South Ketcham Avenue, Amityville, NY 1170, (631) 691-2722

THURS OCT 18, 9pm. PHAO Restaurant, Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

FRI OCT 19. 8:30pm. TWISTED VINE, 24 Clinton Ave, Huntington. 8:30pm.

SAT OCT 20. 10:30pm. RODEO BAR & GRILL, 375 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10016 (212) 683-6500. Thanks Jack Grace and Roy Wilson.

TUES OCT 23. 10pm SONS OF ANARCHY on the FX NETWORK. Episode "Toad's Wild Ride". Listen (closely!!!) for strains of Gene Casey's recording of "Manana, Manana" somewhere in this episode.

FRI OCT 26, 9:30pm. GREY HORSE TAVERN, 291 Bayport Avenue, Bayport, NY

SAT OCT 27, 9pm. OLD MILL INN, 5775 West Mill Road, Mattituck, NY 11952. Halloween!

Thanks for supporting LIVE, LOCAL music. Drive carefully.


Dear Friends,

Yep, Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and it looks like the weather will be perfect for last-chance fun-in-the-summer-sun. We thank each and every one of you who came to a show, bought a CD, and tore it up on the dance floor. There have been some special shows indeed, but each time we get out to play for our folks it is a great occasion. Thanks, sincerely.

This weekend finds the LONE SHARKS at the following locations. Hope to see you there. Don't forget on Sat Sept 8 on Shelter Island, NY, the annual Beach Blast at Wades Beach is always a grand way to bid adieu to the summer season.

Fri, Aug 31, 9pm. SHANDON COURT, 115 East Main Street East Islip, NY 11730 (631) 581-5551. Happy to be back at the Court. Thanks Ward Cloughen. Our sax man, Paul Scher is on the road, so we have keyboardist MARK MANCINI in his stead, doing a lot of boogie and sweet Hammond fills. Tony Palumbo on bass; Chris Ripley on drums.

Sat, Sept 1, 7pm. JT's ON THE BAY, One Curtis Road, Blue Point. Yes, we were there only one week ago, but we are not complaining! We dig the folks at JTs. This time the little Lone Sharks Trio will feature hard-working MIKE SAPIENZA on brushes and snare, along with Tony on bass and Gene, singing and picking. Thanks Cassandra House.

Sun. Sept 2, 2:30pm. SLOPPY TUNA, 148 South Emerson Avenue Montauk, NY 11954 (631) 647-8000

Our final appearance at the Tuna (when it was Nick's, Claire and Nick would book us through Columbus Day!). Special guest Shark: none other than ANDY BURTON, back in the fold for an afternoon behind the keys.

Fri Sept 7, 8:30pm. TWISTED VINE, 24 Clinton Ave, Huntington, NY. The Trio will consist of Gene, along with TOM HOPKINS and MIKE SAPIENZA, playing our small room mix of swing tunes, C&W, and so on. We dig the Vine.

Sat Sept 8, 1--5pm. OSPREY's DOMINION. 44075 Main Road Peconic, PO Box 198, NY 11958 (631) 765-6188

Back on the great lawn at the winery. Paul Scher will be back, but TOM HOPKINS will man the doghouse bass this day.

Sat Sept 8, Evening (around 10pm). The aforementioned BEACH BLAST at Wades Beach, Shelter Island. Lots of bands will be playing. See: www.sibeachblast.com for more information.


The warm late summer waters are just full of ravenous Lone Sharks this week:

WEDNESDAY, August 22, 6:30pm. HARBORFRONT PARK, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY. FREE concert, featuring the rockin' Lone Sharks Trio (Gene, Tony Palumbo, bass, and Stan Mitchell, drums). Bring a blanket, chair and enjoy! Thanks, Amy Tuttle.

FRIDAY, Aug 24, 9:30pm. LONE SHARKS NIGHT at the Grey Horse Tavern, 291 Bayport Ave, Bayport, NY. Thanks Linda Ringhouse, Irene Dougal, William Connolly and the whole staff.

SATURDAY, Aug 25, 7pm. JT's On the Bay, 1 Curtis Road, Blue Point, NY. Gene, Tony, Stan in the friendly confines of the cool JT's swing up a menu of goodies. Thanks to Cassandra House.

SUNDAY, Aug 26. 2--5pm. Billys By the Bay. 2530 Manhanset Ave, Greenport, NY. Gene, Tony and Paul Scher and Chris Ripley do their thing on the patio at Billy's.

MONDAY, Aug 27, 7pm. FREE CONCERT, Greenport, NY at MITCHELL PARK. Lone Sharks close the popular Greenport Dances in rousing fashion. Thanks Mayor David Nyce, Diane Mulvaney, Poppy Johnson, and all.

WEDNESDAY, Aug 29. 7:30pm. PRIDWIN HOTEL, 81 Shore Road, Shelter Island. Final barbecue of the season at the glorious Pridwin. Gene and Tony are joined by Mark Mancini and Stan Mitchell for one last night of rocking the lounge. Thanks, Glenn Petry and our Shelter Island friends.

FRI, Aug 31, 9pm. SHANDON COURT, 115 East Main Street East Islip, NY 11730 (631) 581-5551. Happy to be back at the Court. Thanks Ward Cloughen.