Neal Casal has died aged 50.
News that the guitarist – who recorded and performed with acts including Ryan Adams And The Cardinals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Circles Around The Sun – had passed away was shared (August 27) via the musician’s Twitter account.
“It’s with great sadness that we tell you Neal Casal has passed. As so many know, Neal was a gentle, soulful human who lived life through artistry & kindness. His family, friends & fans will always remember the light that he brought to the world. Rest easy Neal, we love you,” the statement reads.
It’s with great sadness that we tell you Neal Casal has passed. As so many know, Neal was a gentle, soulful human who lived life through artistry & kindness. His family, friends & fans will always remember the light that he brought to the world. Rest easy Neal, we love you. pic.twitter.com/Q0ap7jrkUC
— Neal Casal (@nealcasal) August 27, 2019
Casal began his career in the late 1980s playing in Florida rock band, Blackfoot. After his debut solo album, 1995’s Fade Away Diamond Time, Casal embarked on a wide-ranging career including several more solo LPs.
Long-term Uncut readers will remember Casal’s “Today I’m Gonna Bleed”, which appeared on our first Sounds Of The New West compilation in 1998.
Casal also performed with the Cardinals from 2005 until 2009, where he played on on releases by Ryan Adams and Willie Nelson.
Adams is among those who paid tribute to Casal, writing that his “heart is broken”.
“Oh man. My heart is broken What an honor to have known you, true believer. I love you,” Adams wrote.
My heart is broken
What an honor to have known you, true believer. I love you. Go easy
“I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain”#RIPNealCasal pic.twitter.com/4vlj3l2EoU
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) August 27, 2019
Bob Weir shared a photograph of him and Casal – presumably taken Saturday at Virginia’s Lockn’ Festival, where Weir and his late friend shared the stage – with the caption, “My last memory of Neal will be the smile he left me with.”
“I can’t believe I’m having to say goodbye to my friend and my brother,” Chris Robinson wrote in a statement. “It’s almost too painful. When I think about the songs we’ve written, the shows we’ve played and all the laughs and great times we shared, it’s almost unbearable to know you’re gone.”
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Neal- I can’t believe I’m having to say goodbye to my friend and my brother. It’s almost too painful. When I think about the songs we’ve written, the shows we’ve played and all the laughs and great times we shared it’s almost unbearable to know you’re gone. All of us in this rock & roll life have had to say goodbye to too many people too soon. I can only wish that you’ve found your peace returning to the wisdom of the universe. I miss you so much already, Neal. I’ll see you again, someday past the sunset. -CR
Tributes were also paid by Jason Isbell, William Tyler, Hiss Golden Messenger‘s Mike Taylor, Ryley Walker and Shooter Jennings.
Neal Casal was a fantastic musician and a great photographer and a kind, sweet soul. We’ll miss him.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) August 27, 2019
Sending love to anyone close to Neal Casal – what a loss ❤️
— william tyler (@williamtylertn) August 27, 2019
Neal Casal was among the very best at what he did and I am very sad to hear that he's gone. Thanks for making the world better for a little while, Neal.
— HissGoldenMessenger (@hissgldnmssr) August 27, 2019
RIP Neal Casal. He was very kind to me by letting me open up circles around the sun gigs. We ate a whole bag of tortilla chips together after one show and talked about Derek Bailey. What a sweet dude and pal.
— Ryley walker (@ryleywalker) August 27, 2019
I am absolutely devastated with the news of the loss of my dear friend and consistent collaborator @nealcasal – he was always my favorite picker in LA and we’d all just finished some beautiful music together. I’m… https://t.co/e3i93mG7oM
— Shooter Jennings (@ShooterJennings) August 27, 2019
Last week Casal announced on Twitter that he would “be producing a new record for the amazing singer/songwriter Kenny Roby” in the coming weeks.
The cause of Casal’s death has not been announced.
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