Neal Casal Tribute “Highway Butterfly” Announced For November Release

A long-awaited tribute to the late artist Neal Casal has just been announced for release on November 12, 2021. Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal is a tribute to the life and music of the gifted singer, songwriter, and musician. It will contain a sprawling 41-song collection, now available for pre-order as both 5-LP and 3-CD box sets, brings together a galaxy of rock and roots luminaries that includes an expansive list of musicians such as Susan Tedeschi &  Derek Trucks, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, and many more.

Neal Casal tribute
Neal Casal:: Photo by Jeremy Charles

Casal released 14 albums under his own name during a career spanning a quarter-century. He was also an integral member of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, the interconnected Beachwood Sparks and GospelbeacH, Hard Working Americans, The Skiffle Players, Hazy Malaze, and Circles Around the Sun.

All proceeds from sales of Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal will benefit the Neal Casal Music Foundation, 501c3 non-profit formed in 2020, which provides musical instruments and lessons to students in New Jersey and New York state schools where Casal was born and raised, while also donating proceeds to mental health organizations that support musicians, including MusiCares and Backline

In addition to 41 performances of Neal Casal songs by 130 participating musicians, the box set includes LP sleeves with rare and previously unpublished photos of Casal, a 48-page booklet presenting song lyrics, Casal’s own iconic work as a photographer, and an essay by early-career champion Jim Cardillo. Additional collectibles include a poster and baseball card with photos of Casal by photographer Jay Blakesberg and stickers designed by poster artists Alan Forbes and Marq Spusta.

Today (7/21/21), the second single from the tribute is released featuring Beachwood Sparks & GospelbeacH’s rendition of “You Don’t See Me Crying” along with an accompanying video directed by Cyril Pooley Jean. A Highway Butterfly video trailer, directed by Justin Kreutzmann, was also made available. 

Highway Butterfly: The Songs Of Neal Casal

Track Listing:

1. Traveling After Dark – Aaron Lee Tasjan

2. Need Shelter – Jaime Wyatt

3. You Don’t See Me Crying – Beachwood Sparks w/ GospelbeacH

4. No One Above You – Marcus King w/ Eric Krasno

5. Feathers For Bakersfield – Fruit Bats

6. All The Luck In the World – Billy Strings w/ Circles Around The Sun

7. Sweeten The Distance – Dori Freeman w/ Teddy Thompson

8. Time Down The Wind – Hiss Golden Messenger

9. Me & Queen Sylvia – Johnathan Rice

10. Wisest Of The Wise – Mapache

11. Freeway To The Canyon – Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band

12. Feel No Pain – Leslie Mendelson

13. Detroit Or Buffalo – Jonathan Wilson w/ Hannah Cohen

14. Day In The Sun – Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks

15. Bird With No Name – Jimmy Herring w/ Circles Around The Sun

16. Maybe California – Shooter Jennings

17. White Fence Round House – Vetiver

18. December – Todd Sheaffer

19. Grand Island – Courtney Jaye

20. Superhighway – Oteil Burbridge, Nick Johnson, Steve Kimock, John Morgan Kimock & Duane Trucks

21. Willow Jane – Britton Buchanan

22. Too Much To Ask – Kenny Roby w/ Amy Helm

23. Time And Trouble – Bob Weir w/ Jay Lane & Dave Schools

24. Death Of A Dream – J Mascis

25. The Cold and The Darkness – Tim Heidecker

26. Free To Go – Warren Haynes

27. So Far Astray – Rachel Dean

28. Highway Butterfly – Steve Earle & The Dukes

29. Angel And You’re Mine – Victoria Reed

30. Pray Me Home – Jason Crosby

31. Lost Satellite – Lauren Barth

32. The Losing End Again – Jesse Aycock

33. These Days With You – Puss N Boots

34. Cold Waves – Tim Bluhm, Kyle Field

35. Best To Bonnie – Zephaniah Ohora w/ Hazeldine

36. Let It All Begin – The Mattson 2

37. You’ll Miss It When It’s Gone – Cass McCombs, Ross James, Joe Russo, Farmer Dave Scher & Dave Schools

38. Fell On Hard Times – Angie McKenna

39. Raining Straight Down – The Allman Betts Band

40. Soul Gets Lost – Hazy Malaze w/ Jena Kraus

41. I Will Weep No More – Robbi Robb

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