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Neal Casal, a prolific guitarist who played with Ryan Adams and The Chris Robinson Band, has died, The prolific guitarist who was a member of Ryan Adams The Cardinals and played alongside Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh, and Chris Robinson throughout a busy solo career. He was 50 years old.

His friend and publicist Kevin Calabro confirmed his death to CNN.
Neal Casal’s passing is not only a huge loss for our music community, but for the world as a whole. He brought warmth and kindness with him wherever he went,” Calabro said in an email.
“He was a serious person with a deep intellect, humility and desire to connect in a meaningful way with the world around him. Traits often too rarely found in today’s social media culture. It was honor to represent him. I miss him dearly already.”
Ryan Adams, who led The Cardinals, remembered the artist on his own Instagram page, writing, “Oh man. My heart is broken. It’s too much. What an honor to have known you, true believer. I love you, always. Go easy, brother. Go easy.”

He performed with the Cardinals from 2005 until the group’s hiatus in 2009, on releases including Ryan Adams’ “Easy Tiger” .His various outfits also include the Skiffle Players, with Cass McCombs and Beechwood Sparks members. In 2010, he released a book of photography titled Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows, with a foreword by Adams and an afterword by Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, with whom he often performed.

Neal was also an in-demand session player), he formed the instrumental jam band Circles Around the Sunwith Adam MacDougall, Dan Horne and Mark Levy in 2015 and was a key player in GospelbeacH with Brent Rademaker, with whom Casal had played in Beachwood Sparks and the Tyde.His bandmate Chris Robinson said in a statement, “I can’t believe I’m having to say goodbye to my friend and my brother. It’s almost too painful. When I think about the songs we’ve written, the shows we’ve played and all the laughs and great times we shared it’s almost unbearable to know you’re gone.”

Neal Casal had played this past weekend at the Lockn’ music festival in Arrington, Virginia, when his band Circles Around the Sun, played a late-night set.The week before they were in the studio, recording a new album.