Neal Casal, guitarist who worked with Willie Nelson, Shooter Jennings, died at 50
The musician, who committed suicide, played with Ryan Adams, Cass McCombs, Phil Lesh and many others.
The representative of Neal Casal, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of the Cardinals, died of suicide, said his representative in Pitchfork. He was 50 ye
ars old. Casal, who made his mark on folk and American during a three-decade career, recorded an album with Circles Around the Sun the week before his death. His body was found last night (August 26).
Casal began his career in the late 1980s with a season in the Florida rock band Blackfoot. After his first solo album, Fade Away Diamond Time (1995), Casal embarked on a broad career with several other solo albums. He played with the 2005 Cardinals in parentheses of the group in 2009, in albums including the album Ryan Adams Easy Tiger and Songbird Willie Nelson. His various ensembles also include Skiffle Players, with members of Cass McCombs and Beechwood Sparks. In 2010, he published a book of photographs titled Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows, with a preface by Adams and an epilogue by Phil Lesh of Grateful Dead, with whom he once played.
Best known for his work as lead guitarist in the Cardinals’ Ryan Adams coach, Casal has also played with the Jayhawks, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and the Hard Working Americans. A popular studio musician, he has played on albums by Nelson, Jennings, Lucinda Williams, Amanda Shires and Tift Merritt. Casal was also a prolific singer and songwriter, had published numerous solo albums and founded the group.
A statement from Casal’s team says, “As many of you know, Neal was a gentle, introspective and deeply moving human being who lived his life in art and kindness, his family, his friends and his fans will always remember him for the light.This brought the world to rest, Neal, we love you