Singer, songwriter and a prolific guitarist Neal Casal died on Monday, August 26. He was a member of The Cardinals and played alongside Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh, and Chris Robinson.
He died at the age of 50. The news was on his Twitter and Instagram:
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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.
Casal last played on Saturday with Oteil and friends. According to the reports, he committed suicide. His death has left his fans, family, and friends in shock.
His friend and publicist Kevin Calabro stated, “Neal Casal’s passing is not only a huge loss for our music community but for the world as a whole. He brought warmth and kindness with him wherever he went.”
Ryan Adams, who led The Cardinals, wrote on his Instagram, “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.”
His bandmate Chris Robinson expressed in a statement that, “I can’t believe I haveI’m having to say goodbye to my friend and my brother. It’s almost too painful.”
Shooter Jennings also released a statement, “I am absolutely devastated by the news of the loss of my dear friend and consistent collaborator Neal Casal- he was always my favorite picker and we’d all just finished some beautiful music together. I’m really just hollowed out by this.”
Born on November 2, 1968, Casal started as a solo artist and released ten albums from 1995 to 2006. In 2007, he joined Ryan Adams and The Cardinals in 2007. He appeared in five of their albums from 2007 to 2011 including ‘ Easy Tiger’ (2007), ‘ Follow the lights’ (2007) and ‘ Cardinology’ (2008).
He moved on to Chris Robinson Brotherhood from 2012 to 2017. In addition, he performed with Phil Lesh and friends, Willie Nelson, Shannon McNally, etc. Casal was also an accomplished photographer. In 2010, he released a book: ” Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: A view of other windows.” In 2011, he released his last solo album, “Sweeten the distance.” Thom Monahan produced the album.