Neal Casal’s final two solo recordings, “Everything Is Moving” and “Green Moon” are now available on limited edition 7-inch. Initial work on these songs began as early as 2013, but Casal—who started his career as a prolific singer/songwriter with 14 albums to his name before becoming the lead guitarist in Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and later the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, as well as his own wildly successful instrumental band, Circles Around the Sun—was never able to complete the recordings prior to his passing in August 2019. Over the course of 2020, Casal’s close friends and longtime musical collaborators Jeff Hill, Jon Graboff, John Ginty, George Sluppick, Jena Kraus, JP Hesser and Jim Scott came together to add additional parts and complete mixing on the tracks.
Casal recorded “Everything Is Moving”—a song that in hindsight perhaps hints at some of the struggles he was facing—at The Stable at Studio G in Williamsburg, Brooklyn circa February 2013. The band on these initial sessions featured Casal on acoustic guitar and vocals, Jon Graboff on acoustic guitar, Jeff Hill on bass and Joe Russo on drums. Additional parts were cut in July 2020 w/ Graboff returning to play pedal steel and electric guitar, John Ginty adding piano and Hammond B-3 organ and harmony vocals contributed by Hill and Jena Kraus.
With Casal beginning to envision a rough plan for a new album of solo songs, he started work on “Green Moon” at Castaway 7 Studios near his home in Ventura, CA in the summer of 2016, laying down lead and background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and piano. Jeff Hill and George Sluppick would add bass and drum tracks respectively to the original recording in October 2020 to complete the song.
100% of the proceeds will benefit the 501c3 non-profit formed in Casal’s name to to provide instruments and lessons to students in New Jersey and New York state schools where he was born and raised, as well as, to make donations to much needed mental health organizations that support musicians in need.