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:: 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of Neal Casal songs by 130 participating musicians, the box set includes LP sleeves with rare and previously unpublished photos of Casal, a 48-page booklet presenting song lyrics, Casal’s own iconic work as a photographer, and an essay by early-career champion Jim Cardillo.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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