Gene Casey, the rock and rolling singer/songwriter with the low voice and big sound, has been a frequent “best of” recipient, including northforker’s Best Band/Performer of the North Fork 2021.An evergreen act, his Rockabilly Christmas show at the Suffolk Theater (this year on Dec. 10) has become a holiday tradition, and he’s just released his first digital single ever, Here Come the Holidays.The new song is joyous and only a little bit corny.
“I wrote this song very quickly, but people will tell you that if you write a song fast, that’s a good sign that it will be catchy,” Casey said. “You don’t have to be cool at Christmas.”
Here Come the Holidays rolls in with cheer and delivers a nod to what a year it’s been with lyrics like “They couldn’t come at a better time…”
Then the song goes to where the heart is: Home.
Casey performs frequently during the holidays and said he always looks forward to getting home after a show to enjoy the lights on his tree.
To stay alert on the drive to Southold, Casey counts the houses lit up for Christmas, a practice that informed his lyric, “Every house looks like your own, when you’re going home.”
Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks perform at the Stephen Talkhouse at 8 p.m tonight, Saturday, Dec. 4, and with Jason D. Williams for WLNG’s Rockabilly Christmas at the Suffolk Theater next Friday, Dec. 10.
You can download Casey’s new holiday single here.
Charity Robey is a freelance features writer and columnist writing mainly about East Enders for northforker, the Shelter Island Reporter and the Suffolk Times.