VARIOUS ARTISTS – ” Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal “

Posted: July 22, 2021 in MUSIC

The Music of the Neal Casal will be honoured with a 41-song tribute album box set, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal, featuring J Mascis, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Steve Earle, Cass McCombs, Fruit Bats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Vetiver, Warren Haynes, Jonathan Wilson w/ Hannah Cohen, Jonathan Rice, Eric Krasno, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, The Allman Betts Band, Puss N Boots (ft. Norah Jones), Neal’s own band Circles Around The Sun, and many more.

The album comes out November 12th, and all proceeds will benefit the Neal Casal Music Foundation, a “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 More info on the box set, via press release:

‘Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal’ is a tribute to the life and music of the gifted singer, songwriter, musician, and friend to many.

Featuring 41 of Neal’s songs on 5 LPs or 3 CDs, the collection brings together a galaxy of rock and roots music luminaries to reimagine the body of work he left behind, while celebrating his enduring impact as an artist. Within the limited edition vinyl and CD box sets are sleeves with rare and previously unpublished photos of Neal, a booklet presenting song lyrics, Neal’s own iconic photography and an essay by early career champion Jim Cardillo. Additional collectibles include a poster and baseball card with photos of Neal by photographer Jay Blakesberg and stickers designed by poster artists Alan Forbes and Marq Spusta.

The music was co-produced by Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools and 7-time Grammy-Winner Jim Scott. Song previews: Bob Weir / Jay Lane / Dave Schools, “Time And Trouble” Jimmy Herring with Circles Around The Sun, “Bird With No Name” Leslie Mendelson, “Feel No Pain” Shooter Jennings, “Maybe California” Billy Strings with Circles Around The Sun, “All The Luck In The World” Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, “Day In The Sun” Beachwood Sparks & GospelbeacH, “You Don’t See Me Crying”

Beachwood Sparks & GospelbeacH – “You Don’t See Me Crying” from ‘Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal’

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of Neal Casal songs by 130 participating musicians, the box set includes LP sleeves with rare and previously unpublished photos of Casal, a 48-page booklet presenting song lyrics, Casal’s own iconic work as a photographer and an essay by early career champion Jim Cardillo.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. The Neal Casal Music Foundation and record label Royal Potato Family who partnered to release the collection will also be working with ClimeCo to voluntarily mitigate the carbon emissions from the manufacturing and shipping of the box sets.

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