Neal Casal has announced the release of a limited edition 7-inch single (via Royal Potato Family ) for Record Store Day, featuring his rendition of The Grateful Dead's Mountains of the Moon . The B-side is an instrumental acoustic guitar-based piece entitled Grimes' Surf Story . A passionate record collector and vinyl junkie himself, he has explained the reasons he chose to cover this song, " I love 'Mountains Of The Moon' for its baroque qualities, the very strange lyrics, and it's just a great melody, plain and simple. There's a fantastic line, 'The [...]
Clearly we weren't the only ones that had American Psycho in mind when it came to the announcement that Huey Lewis & The News would be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough album Sports with a special expanded re-release and summer tour that will see the Bay Area-based band play it in its entirety each night. Yesterday the folks over at Funny Or Die decided to reinterpret that pivotal scene by recasting it with Huey himself and Weird Al Yanokvic - [...]
For a new series of West Coast Rambles at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, Calif., Furthur / Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh will team up with Jackie Greene and Jackie's new Black Crowes band mate Adam McDougall as well as guitarist Neal Casal and drummer Tony Leone for a four-night stand. The shows will take place on February 7th to 10th and are slated to start at 7PM each night. Tickets for these performances are on sale today at the venue's box office and [...]
Neal Casal - White Fence Round House
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood / 6.21.12 / The A&R Bar / Columbus, Ohio A hot summer night made cool by the feelgood jams of The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - a great way to kick off the summer concert season. The size of the venue seemed a bit suspect ( The Black Crowes sell out venues with a capacity 10 times what the A&R Bar holds), but in a brief conversation with CRB guitarist Neal Casal after the show, Casal [...]
Consistent with the saying, “In order to be interesting; have interests,” (sage wisdom from the folks at eHarmony) coming up with interview questions for Neal Casal is a breeze - easier in fact than any artist I’ve ever interviewed. He just does so many different things. He's cranked out 12 solo albums to date, played with Ryan Adams as a Cardinal, joined Chris Robinson as a sibling in the Brotherhood, coached Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson on their vocals for Starsky & Hutch, become an avid photographer and taken pictures for a number of well-known album covers as well as Rolling [...]
Neal Casal just finished up his tenth solo record with noted producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Pernice Brothers, Gary Louris). While listeners will recognize Casal’s strong yet understated vocals, his acoustic-driven melodies have been amplified by complex sonic layers, resulting in a new, expansive sound that is the culmination of this prolific songwriter’s multifaceted catalog. Read more »
Neal Casal is a musician who you discover when you start digging into his career, has a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon-esque connection to other musicians. The fact is that Casal's personal mantra is to live a life of creativity, and he achieves this in spades through his own extensive solo career with 11 albums dating back to 1994, sideman work in countless recording sessions and stints in other bands including high-profile runs in Ryan Adams ' Cardinals and currently Chris Robinson's Brotherhood (which has an [...]
Neal Casal - Let It All Begin
Neal Casal is known for being a guitarist for Ryan Adams & The Cardinals AND The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. But he also makes his own music. His tenth album - Sweeten The Distance - comes out next month on Royal Potato Family. It has that Americana rootsy sound often found with the bands he has played with. As a songwriter, Neal doesn't break any new ground but puts a unique spin on the human condition. Get some Neal with your email below. Get it: Watch it:
6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day. Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you. I love you, dude. Yesterday we had a lesson about a man named named Neal Casal . This morning, I shall piggyback off myself and point you towards [...]
If you cannot tell me who Neal Casal is, we're probably not gonna be friends in real life. I'm going to start an internet dating site for awesome chicks and there will be criteria for dudes before we accept their profiles. The following questions will be asked: Do you have a sweet beard? Can you play an instrument of any type (we'll count kazoos, because we're nice like that)? Do you know who Neal Casal is? Answer no to any of that shit and we're sorry, but you're [...]
I've done a bunch of Neal Casal posts, which is weird since I don't really have the normal connection with Neal that most music fans do. See Neal is best known as Ryan Adam's guitarist for seven years. But my connection to him came probably fifteen years ago when I stumbled on his debut solo record Fade Away Diamond Time at Restless Records in Chicago. At the time Mathew Sweet was huge and Neal Casal was playing in a similar power pop style but with a little more of an easy going California [...]
Eigenlijk knap lullig voor Neal Casal: hij is bekender om zijn werk in The Cardinals, de begeleidingsband van Ryan Adams, dan als de singer/songwriter die hij ook - en misschien wel: vooral - is. Wellicht was hij het rustpunt, het...
Neal Casal - Sweeten the Distance
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While we wait for Ryan Adams’ forthcoming Glyn Johns-produced solo LP , his next official set of previously unreleased material is set to arrive during next Saturday’s Record Store Day (4/16) festivities. As previously reported , the double-7” vinyl EP, Class Mythology , features four Cardinology -era cuts recorded by Adams with the Cardinals. Now the full tracklist and further details on the bundle have arrived: Included with limited-edition vinyl copies are never-before-scene photos shot by Cardinals guitarist/singer Neal Casal, lyrics, and a poster honoring the band’s late bassist, Chris “Spacewolf” Feinstein . Check out [...]
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Website This was my first time catching Neal Casal perform a solo headlining show in the UK. Previously I'd seen him perform with Ryan Adams in his band The Cardinals. Sometimes he took the opportunity to play a support slot, other times being limited to one or two songs in the main set. Looking at the decidedly younger mix of the audience on Saturday night compared to a usual Maze gig, it would appear that Neal certainly benefited from that liaison by exposing his [...]