Gene Casey has fronted the unstoppable Lone Sharks since 1988, based on the wild East End of Long Island, playing on beaches, boats, rooftops and honky tonks everywhere. The band has backed up or shared stages with true rock icons as NRBQ, the Band, Sleepy LaBeef, Wanda Jackson, Link Wray and the Count Basie Orchestra. While self-penned tunes have always been featured in the band's wide-ranging repertoire this is the first full length all-original CD from Gene, and well worth the wait. Twelve tunes that reflect a deep passion for roots styles -- barroom weepers, rollicking twangy boogie, with an admitted nod to the stark Johnny Cash sound (as well as other Sun Records greats)-- 'What Happened' is a fully realized rock and roll artifact. Joining Gene and the Lone Sharks on one tune, 'Please Don't Dance' is friend, neighbor and fellow East End legend, Nancy Atlas. 'What Happened' is a slice of true Americana, alive and well.
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