The premier barroom troubador of Eastern Long Island. That includes Montauk, the Hamptons on up to Riverhead and any town with an Indian name! Josh Alan Friedman
GENE CASEY formed the Lone Sharks having moved to Long Island’s East End in 1988, having received his baptism performing in the NYC / NJ area (Mudd Club, CBGBs, Maxwell’s, et. al) the waning days of punk/new wave. The Lone Sharks became a mainstay in the late 1990s Hamptons music scene, when bars were plentiful and audiences robust and loyal. Throughout the 90s and into the new century Gene and the ever-evolving line-up of Sharks men were the house band at The Wild Rose Cafe, a Bridgehampton night spot where packed houses danced to the roots rock and swing.
Several all-original albums (see below) emerge periodically to great acclaim and local internatinal indie radio play. In the course of maintaining their status as “Best of the Best” (Dan’s Papers and Hamptons Magazine) the Lone Sharks have shared billing and/or backed-up NRBQ, LINK WRAY, SLEEPY LaBEEF, WANDA JACKSON, BILL KIRCHEN, ELVIS COSTELLO, the Who’s JOHN ENTWISTLE, THE HIGHWAY QC’s and on one unforgettable night, TINY TIM. Several of Gene’s roots-drenched songs have been used on the soundtrack to television and feature film, including FX Network’s “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy” ; the 2012 thriller “The Tall Man” starring Jessica Biel, the 2013 release “The Killing Season” starring Robert DeNiro, and Rob Reiner’s acclaimed “Being Charlie”.
December 2012 brought the release of Gene and the band’s latest all-original CD, “Untrained” an album celebrating the roots of contemporary Americana with 12 original songs that evoke the romantic sweep of 60s pop, classic C&W and the raw untamed spirit of early rock & roll (including holiday tune “Christmas Lights” ).
In 2014 Gene and the Lone Sharks were inducted into the Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best” Hall of Fame, having been honored for the better part of 20 Years as favorite musicians/band. In 2015, Gene Casey received the LISA, aka , the Long Island Sound Award by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, for his contributions to the Island’s musical landscape. In 2017, the Northforker.com (the on-line arm of the Suffolk Times) named Gene and the group “People of the Year” for 2016.