A tribute to Neal Casal has been announced for Wednesday, September 25 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Casal’s former bandmates and associates will get together to pay tribute; Casal tragically took his own life on August 26. The late guitarist last played with Circles Around the Sun but had played with Ryan Adams, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and the Hard Working Americans, and was a widely-respected session/studio guitarist.
Neal Casal, guitarist for bands such as as Circles Around The Sun, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, and Hard Working Americans has died at age 50. The following statement was posted on Casal’s social media accounts:
“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.”
Reports from Casal’s representation confirm the guitarist committed suicide. His body was discovered Monday night. Casal played as part of Oteil and Friends this weekend at Lockn. A new album, Circles Around The Sun meets Joe Russo, is due out in October. Casal and CATS had several tour dates scheduled later this year to support the new album.
Aside from being a talented musician, Casal was also an accomplished photographer.
Anyone in need of help can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273–8255 or SuicidePreventionLifeline.org to chat with someone online.