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In Concert March 24, 2018 Westhampton Beach, NY

March 24, 2018, 8pm, marks the return of GENE CASEY and the LONE SHARKS to the stage at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, NY. This concert celebrates 30 years of “rhythm & twang” on the East End of Long Island by guitarist/songwriter Gene Casey, with CHRIS RIPLEY, drums, PAUL SCHER, sax, multi-percussionist STAN 'The Man" MITCHELL, PETE CRUGNALE, bass, ANDY BURTON, piano/organ, the phenomenal TRICIA SCOTTI, vocals, guitar, repeat their roles from last year’s heralded WHBPAC concert. Guitar wizard, legendary JEFF ALLEGUE takes a night off from his duties with the popular New Life Crisis. Other guests to be announced. Last year’s show was a capacity turn-out, so please order your tickets soon. Please follow this link for more info: https://whbpac.org/event/gene-casey-lone-sharks-2/ Official band website: www.genecasey.com To download purchase music: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/genecasey Earlier releases here: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist

(This concert is dedicated to the memory of Tony Palumbo).

Box office: 631 288 1500




© 2018 Gene Casey and Lone Sharks Music, All rights reserved. Thank you for your interest in Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks Music.

GENE's New Album Available For Download

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/genecasey In Gene Casey's musical landscape all forms of classic "Americana" pop co-exist in rich harmony: Elvis Presley jams with the Sir Douglas Quintet, Johnny Cash croons with the Beach Boys, and Chuck Berry is backed by Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. "It's one big sweet and sour mash," is how the singer-writer-guitarist puts it. Or as author and musician Josh Alan Friedman writes, "Gene's low baritone vocals are his strongest weapon, his voice a picture-book blend between Ernest Tubb and Ronnie Spector. With a subtle hint of Lennon. Maybe he was born with golden pipes."

"Guitar in the Rain" is the third installment of what Gene calls "an unofficial trilogy" of original albums (the others being 2008's "What Happened" and 2012's "Untrained" recorded with his beloved band, the Lone Sharks), all featuring a mix of rockers, ballads and out-and-out "pure pop" that celebrates classic song forms while offering a unique take on the eternal conflicts and themes that fuel the best, most timeless rock and roll.

Gene's mastery of roots music has resulted in his songs being used on the soundtrack to several TV shows and feature films, including "Sons of Anarchy," "Justified" and Rob Reiner's "Being Charlie".

"Playing in bars and clubs for so long, " Gene offers, "Has taught me a little about what makes the classics hold up. My aim has been to write songs that can stand alongside the great tunes I love so much." With "Guitar in the Rain" Gene Casey has done just that.




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.


GENE CASEY and the LONE SHARKS April Frenzy!

Celebrating More Than 20 Years of Rhythm & Twang, thanks to YOU!

Dear Friends,

Saturday April 2, 9pm, Buckley's Pub & Grille. 159 South Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580-6115 (516) 825-4344 Valley Stream, NY. A homecoming of sorts -- GENE CASEY grew up in Malverne, right next door to Valley Stream, and attended Valley Stream North High School. This is the closest the Lone Sharks have gotten to the old stomping grounds. Please join the LONE SHARKS (PAUL SCHER on sax, TONY PALUMBO on bass and STAN the MAN MITCHELL on drums) and Gene as they "bring it all back home."

Thursday, April 7, 7:30pm, Bay Street Theatre 1 Bay Street & Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 Bay Street Theatre announces a night of bands entitled “Just for Japan” on Thursday, April 7 beginning at 7:30 p.m. $40 per person available at the door. All ticket proceeds will be distributed to the American Red Cross and Save The Children, to aid in helping the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Scheduled:

• The Aqua Girls • Caroline Doctorow & The Steamrollers • Cassandra House • Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks Trio • The Nancy Atlas Project • The Who Dat Loungers

The evening will be hosted by Bonnie Grice of WPPB and Suffolk County Legislator Schneiderman.

Friday, April 8, 9pm. Giacomo Jack’s 248 South Ketcham Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701-3527 (631) 691-2722

Saturday, April 9, 10pm. Stephen Talkhouse Main Street, Route 27, Amagansett, NY (631) 267 3117

Sunday, April 10, 3pm, Old Harbor House 244 Fort Pond Road, Montauk, NY 11954,(631) 668-1515. With Caroline Doctorow, Nancy Atlas, and others. To raise funds in order to help keep the marvelous Monday Night Concert Series alive in Montauk this summer.

Friday, April 15 9:30pm. The Corner Galley. 5411 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY

Saturday April 16, 9pm. Huntington Moose Lodge 631 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn, NY (516) 298-4589 Gene and the Lone Sharks are part of a line-up featuring some kick-butt rock & roll (DIBBS PRESTON and BIG DADDY DELUXE on bill too), along with a car show, burlesque, swing dancing, and all sorts of rockabilly-inspired madness.

Sunday, April 17, BACCA Arts Center 149 North Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, NY See: www.babylonarts.com JAPAN RELIEF Show featuring a roster of all-star talent, including Cathy Kreger, Gene Casey, Rough Folk, and many others.

Friday, April 22, 9:30pm. The Grey Horse Tavern. 291 Bayport Avenue, Bayport. NY. 11705-1849, (631) 472-1868 Fast becoming a bit of a local sensation on the Island, is the GHT’s “Sharks Night” every 4th Friday of the month. Great food, brews and great folks rockin’ and frolicking. Dig it!

Sat. April 23, 9pm. Bobbique. 70 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772-3002,(631) 447-7744. Gene and the Sharks return for their SECOND ever appearance at the fabulous, vibey, cool, cool, cool BOBBIQUE. Yum!

Thank you for your support