Neal Casal Bio, Wiki
Neal Casal was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and photographer. He was the guitarist with Circles Around the Sun and Chris Robinson Brotherhood. He is best known as a member of Ryan Adams’ backing band the Cardinals from 2005 until 2009. He is a former lead guitar with Rickey Medlocke’s Blackfoot from 1988-1993. Casal died on August 26, 2019, at the age of 50 but the cause of death has not been made public yet, however souces close to him confirmed he committed suicide.
Neal Casal Age
Neal Casal was born on November 2nd, 1968 in Denville, New Jersey. and died on August 26th, 2019. He was 50 years old at the time of his death.
Neal Casal Education
Casal was a native of Rockaway, New Jersey, where he graduated from Morris Knolls High School. At the time of his death, Casal had been living in Ventura, California.
Neal Casal Career
Casal’s career began in the early 1990s, signing with Zoo Entertainment in 1994 and releasing his first solo album, “Fade Away Diamond Time,” in September of that year. Casal’s second album, “Rain, Wind, and Speed,” was released under Buy or Die Records in 1996.
Casal then went on to release multiple albums under the Glitterhouse Records banner. His record, “Basement Dreams,” was named as Americana Album of the Year by Mojo magazine in 1998. Casal had produced the album.
In 2005, Casal joined Ryan Adams’ backing band, The Cardinals. That same year, Casal exhibited his photography for the first time. While with Adams’ band, Casal released another album, “No Wish to Reminisce.” While in March 2010, Adams joined the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. During that time, in 2011, Casal would release his tenth studio album, “Sweeten the Distance.”
Casal began performing with Circles Around the Sun, with Adam MacDougall, Dan Horne and Mark Levy in 2015. The band made their debut at the LOCKN festival in Arrington in 2016. The same event where Casal would have his last gig in 2019.
Casal had most recently been performing with The Skiffle Players, alongside, among others, Aaron Sperske and Cass McCombs. The group released their first album, “Skifflin,” in 2016, followed by the EPs “Piffle Sayers” and “Skiff” in 2018.
If I could save time in a bottle…Love you Neal. @nealcasal pic.twitter.com/vb8NP8gvtc
— Dan Grimm (@Dansgrimm) August 27, 2019
Neal Casal Books
Books In March 2010, Abrams Image published Casals first book of photography A View of Other Windows. The book is a photographic documentary of life playing and touring with Ryan Adams and The Cardinals.
Neal Casal Wife, Gilfriend (Desiree Harding)
Newl Casla was not married as at the time of his death, however, he was in a relationship with her long term girlfriend, Desiree Harding. She is the one who discovere his body.
Neal Casal Death
Neal Casal died tragically on August 26th, 2019 at the age of 50. A source close to Casal confirmed that the musician had committed suicide after hanging himself. Casal’s body was discovered by his longtime girlfriend, Desiree Harding.
Casal’s death was confirmed in a tweet from his official account that read, “It’s with great sadness that we tell you Neal Casal has passed. As so many know, Neal was a gentle, soulful human who lived life through artistry & kindness.” The message continued, “His family, friends & fans will always remember the light that he brought to the world. Rest easy Neal, we love you.”
It’s with great sadness that we tell you Neal Casal has passed. As so many know, Neal was a gentle, soulful human who lived life through artistry & kindness. His family, friends & fans will always remember the light that he brought to the world. Rest easy Neal, we love you. pic.twitter.com/Q0ap7jrkUC
— Neal Casal Music Foundation (@nealcasal) August 27, 2019
Neal Casal Cause of Death (Suicide)
A source close to Casal confirmed that the musician had committed suicide after hanging himself. Casal’s body was discovered by his longtime girlfriend, Desiree Harding.