Circles Around the Sun Sets Course for A New Orbit

March 9, 2020
Marty Halpern

Photography by Piper Ferguson

When the members of Circles Around the Sun (CATS) met to discuss the musical direction they wanted for their next album, it didn’t take the quartet very long to reach a unanimous decision – they wanted to put out a dance record. Not just any dance record; a retro disco sound with plenty of cosmic vibe to it. 

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Circles Around the Sun to release last recordings with Neal Casal

December 13, 2019
Slide & Banjo

Circles Around the Sun has announced they will release a self-titled album, the band’s third, on March 13, 2020. The release will be comprised of their band’s last studio recordings with late band member/guitarist Neal Casal. The tracks were recorded in southern California a week before Casal took his own life. In a sad twist, Casal left behind a note that requested the band carry on with the music and album. Remaining band members Adam MacDougall (keys), Dan Horne (bass) and Mark Levy (drummer) have already announced subsequent dates without naming a permanent guitarist. Scott Metzger is on guitar for the Colorado dates through the end of the year.

Circles Around The Sun Meet Joe Russo – Fare The Well, Neal Casal

September 24, 2019
Marty Halpern

In March 2019, members of Circles Around the Sun (CATS) and drummer Joe Russo got together for an improvised jam and recording session at The Bunker studio in Brooklyn, Mixed by New York-based engineer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band/Tom Petty) and CATS bass player Dan Horne, the end result was the 24-minute, aptly-named four-song EP Circles Around the Sun Meet Joe Russo.

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Neal Casal tribute planned with Chris Robinson, Joe Russo, Dave Schools & more

September 12, 2019
Slide & Banjo

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.

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Joe Russo, Circles Around The Sun join forces on new EP

July 26, 2019
Slide & Banjo

Drummer Joe Russo and Circles Around The Sun have announced Circles Around The Sun Meets Joe Russo, a forthcoming four-song EP due out on October 18. The release is the result of a secret recording session at Russo’s Brooklyn studio earlier in the year. “Peace Reprise,” the first track from the album is now available on all streaming platforms.

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