Guitarist/songwriter Neal Casal died on Monday at age 50, as his friend and publicist Kevin Calabro confirmed on Instagram (AUG 27).
“It’s with great sadness that we tell you our brother Neal Casal has passed away, As 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.”
– Kevin Calabro
The source states Casal was ” struggling on and off for the past year” with personal issues.He had been in the studio with Circles Around The Sun recording a new studio album and over the weekend they performed a well-received set at the LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia.
“It appeared he was in a good head space. On Monday, however, he went home and stopped returning calls and texts from friends.”Source said Casal’s body was found on Monday evening.
Born in Denville, New Jersey, on Nov. 2, 1968. He began releasing solo albums in 1995 with Fade Away Diamond Time, the first of a dozen poetic, Americana-style solo efforts he released through 2011’s Sweeten the Distance.He formed the trio Hazy Malaze in 2002, releasing three albums with bassist Jeff Hill and drummer Dan Fadel before joining Ryan Adams’ band, The Cardinals, in 2005, touring with the group and appearing on five albums, including 2007’s Easy Tiger and 2011’s Class Mythology.
2012, he toured and recorded with former Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson’s band, The Brotherhood, appearing on a dozen albums, including 2012’s Big Moon Ritual and this year’s Servants of the Sun.
“Oh man. My heart is broken. It’s too much. What an honor to have known you, true believer. I love you, always. Go easy, brother. Go easy. Through thick and thin your heart was a lighthouse of kindness. Your eyes a mirror to a better world- your soul bled into ever note. I don’t know how to even feel right now. Grateful for your time. But immense loss. I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”
– Ryan adamsAdams paid loving tribute to his old friend on Instagram, writing.
“He was always my favorite picker in LA and we’d all just finished some beautiful music together.”
– shooter jennings
A week ago, Casal announced on Instagram that he was producing a new album from one of his favorite singer/songwriters Kenny Roby of Six String Drag, soliciting help from anyone who would like to help out.