After the Reign
Boardwalk Gazebo | Pier Village
After The Reign is a six-piece American country music group consisting of Willie Kelly (Lead Vocals), John Strevens (Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Backing and Lead vocals), Dave Hurley (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals), Bob Grado (Steel Guitar), Clay Perlman (Lead/Rhythm Guitar), and John Carretta (Drums). They formed in Monmouth County NJ in 2006, although various members have played together in other bands for over 10 years.
The band currently divides it’s time between New Jersey and Nashville TN, but perform shows all over the country. They play a large repertoire of their own material written mainly by head songwriter Strevens, but also include collaborations with Kelly. 2010 saw the independent release of their debut CD “Hillbilly Clubhouse” to critics raves with the title track receiving airplay both nationally and internationally. In 2012 “Burning Down The Farm” the 2nd single from that album stayed on the Music Row Charts for 32 weeks hitting #72 and was also included on the Sony Music distributed compilation CD “Country Mix USA” pairing them alongside other country artists Craig Morgan, Due West, and Sammy Kershaw. Early 2013 the band participated in the Hard Rock Cafe’s Hard Rock Rising competition, which was a worldwide battle of the bands that started with over 12.000 bands around the world.
After The Reign won the New York City market, representing the area in the competition. Over all they ranked in the top 20 of the 12,000 bands. They released their sophomore album “Almost Famous” in the summer of 2013. Their single “Jersey Strong” featured on their second album has been named the official anthem of New Jersey by the organization Strong Than The Storm and was a feature point on Discovery’s Destination American Red, White and You. It has put them in the national media spotlight, in which they are currently doing a media tour in support of the song.
After The Reign performs over 80 shows a year(100 in 2011) and has performed shows with: Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, James Wesley, Montgomery Gentry, Josh Thompson, Kix Brooks, Craig Morgan, Steel Magnolias, Steve Azar, Love and Theft, Trent Tomlinson, Daryl Worley and Bruce Springsteen to name a few. When headlining their own shows the band is known for its 3 plus hour’s nonstop high-energy set.
Thursdays by the Sea Concert Series is presented by the City of Long Branch. Showtime 7PM