Neal Casal Biography
Neal Casal was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and photographer. First rising to prominence as lead guitar with Rickey Medlocke’s Blackfoot from 1988-1993, Casal is best known as a member of Ryan Adams’ backing band the Cardinals from 2005 until 2009, with whom he recorded three studio albums. He played in several groups, including the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans, The Skiffle Players and Circles Around the Sun – and released twelve albums as a solo artist.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 27, 2019
In 2010, Casal released a photo-book, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows, documenting his time spent within the band. He released his most recent solo album, Sweeten the Distance, in 2011.
Neal Casal Quick Bio
|Born||November 2, 1968|
|Origin||Denville, New Jersey|
|Died||August 26, 2019 (aged 50)|
|Instruments||Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums|
|Labels||Zoo Records, Glitterhouse Records|
|Associated acts||Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Blackfoot, Beachwood Sparks, Hazy Malaze, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans, Circles Around the Sun (band)|
Neal Casal Age
How old was Neal Casal? was born on November 2, 1968, and from Denville, New Jersey and he is 41 years old during his time of death. However, there is not much information about his father, mother, and siblings.
Neal Casal Career
Neal Casal Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Hearing reports that Cardinals and Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal has passed away at the age of 50. One helluva player. Certainly blew my mind the four or five times I got to see @TheRyanAdams and the Cardinals live. RIP.#NealCasal #RIPNealCasal pic.twitter.com/dT4RrM987L
— Nick Milligan (@NickMilligan_) August 27, 2019
Casal joined Ryan Adams & The Cardinals in 2005, shortly after the release of Jacksonville City Nights, replacing J.P. Bowerstock, and toured the US in the summer of 2006, followed by a UK and European tour in the autumn.
In 2007, the Ryan Adams album Easy Tiger was released and went to number seven. on Billboard album chart, resulting in a yearlong world tour and the album’s producer, Jamie Candiloro, added to the lineup on piano. Candiloro also produced the Follow the Lights EP, released in October 2007, and reaching number 40 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
In 2008, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals released Cardinology, recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York and produced by Tom Schick. The album reached number 11 on Billboard album chart and number 14 on Rolling Stone’s best albums of 2008 list. Rolling Stone magazine also placed “Magick” at #13 on the 100 Best Singles of 2008 list.
In January 2009, Adams announced that he was leaving The Cardinals after their final show on March 20, 2009 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The band has been on indefinite hiatus ever since.
In December 2010, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals released their final album III/IV, a compilation of unreleased material. The album was recorded in 2006 during the same sessions that yielded Easy Tiger.
On April 16 Ryan Adams released Class Mythology, which is an EP of unreleased tracks recorded with the Cardinals during the Cardinology period.
In an interview with American Songwriter Casal described his experience with the group positively. “It really was a great lineup… For a couple years there, man, we were on fire. We really were. We were playing some amazing shows and running through Ryan’s entire catalog, just burning those songs to the ground. We really felt confident for awhile. We had a lot of synergy, we were all really connected, and everyone believed in it. We were firing on all cylinders. It was a great thing to be a part of.”
Neal Casal Session work/collaborations
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 contributed guitar work on Tift Merritt’s 2005 album Tambourine, featuring Mike Campbell, which was nominated for a Country Album of the Year and three Americana Music Awards.Casal played on Gin Wigmore’s 2009 album Holy Smoke produced by Mike Elizondo, which won four of the six New Zealand Music Awards it was nominated for and went Quadruple Platinum.
Willie Nelson’s 2007 album Songbird produced by Ryan Adams and released by Lost Highway Records. Adams, along with The Cardinals, performed on the album’s eleven tracks, featuring Casal on guitar and piano. Songbird peaked at #87 on the Billboard 200 on November 18, 2006.
Neal Casal Photography
Heartbroken to wake to the news that guitarist Neal Casal (Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hardworking Americans) has passed away. Such a talent. pic.twitter.com/UZRtTD9oAL
— Dan Wuori (@dwuori) August 27, 2019
In 2004, Casal provided photos for Tift Merritt’s second record Tambourine.
In 2007, Casal shot the album cover photos for the Ryan Adams album Easy Tiger and the Ryan Adams and the Cardinals EP Follow the Lights. In 2008, he provided photos for the Ryan Adams and the Cardinals album Cardinology.
Casal provided photographs for the final album of Ryan Adams and The Cardinals Cardinals III/IV, which was released in 2010.
In January 2008 Casal exhibited his photography at the Bauhaus Gallery in Tokyo.
Casal shot the album cover and all photos for the artwork for Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion’s 2011 album Bright Examples.
Casal shot the album cover for Courtney Jaye’s The Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye, released on January 10, 2010.
In 2010 Casal provided photographs for Danny and the Champions of the World album Streets of Our Time.
Casal provided never before seen photographs for the Ryan Adams and The Cardinals EP Class Mythology, released in April 2011.
Casal’s photographs have appeared in publications such as Mojo, Rolling Stone, Spin, Harp, USA Today.
In 2016, Casal photographs appeared on the front and back covers of The Hard Working Americans record “Rest In Chaos”
Neal Casal Films and television
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
Director Ray Foley made a documentary about Casal’ influences and inspirations during the making of his sixth album in 2001 entitled Neal Casal: Anytime Tomorrow.
In 2009, two Hazy Malaze songs were featured on Private Practice season three, episode seven “The Hard Part” and Casal’s single “The Losing End Again” appeared in Fringe season two, episode seventeen “Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.”.
Casal was Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s voice coach for the 2004 movie Starsky & Hutch and played guitar on Owen Wilson’s performance of “Don’t Give Up On Us Baby” which was also featured on the soundtrack.
Sang the lead vocals on “The Game” on “The Music of Jason Crigler”, released on Rudy Records. Casal co-wrote and sang backing vocals on “The Truest Kind”, on the album Danny and The Champions of The World.
In 2011, Casal worked as Garrett Hedlund’s guitar instructor for the movie Country Strong and also appears in the film. as Gwyneth Paltrow’s guitar player.
Neal Casal Books
In March 2010, Abrams Image published Casals first book of photography A View of Other Windows. The book is a photographic documentary of life playing and touring with Ryan Adams and The Cardinals.
Neal Casal Instagram
Neal Casal Twitter
Neal Casal Facebook
Neal Casal Death, Neal Casal Cause of Death
Oh man, Neal Casal has passed.
We played a couple festivals together when he started out as a solo act on Glitterhouse. “Fade Away Diamond Time” is one for the ages.
Later on he found his place as sideman to Ryan Adams & Chris Robinson.
A great, mostly unknown musician gone. https://t.co/ymS6l7NaJH
— Markus Rill (@markusrill) August 27, 2019
Neal Casal, a co-founding member of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around the Sun, The Cardinals and numerous other projects has died at age 50. Casal’s death was confirmed by a note posted on his social media feeds:
It’s with great sadness that we tell you our brother Neal Casal has passed away. As so many of you know, Neal was a gentle, introspective, deeply soulful human being who lived his life through artistry and kindness. His family, friends and fans will always remember him for the light that he brought to the world. Rest easy Neal, we love you.