• neal casal Sweeten the Distance (CD, £11.50)

    label: fargo

    Casal was the lead guitarist of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, with whom he recorded three albums: Easy Tiger (which reached #7 on the Billboard chart), Follow the Lights, and Cardinology. His time in the band led to working with such luminaries as Willie Nelson and Phil Lesh and allowed another talent to be revealed when he released his first photography collection, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows. After the Cardinals went on hiatus in 2009, Casal moved his home base from New York to Southern California, where he has worked on a variety of projects. He released the self-produced solo effort Roots & Wings, Connections -the third album by his rock-and-roll band Hazy Malaze. Last spring, Casal joined The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Black Crowes' leader's new project. On November 14th, Casal will release his tenth solo record with noted producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Pernice Brothers, Gary Louris). While listeners will recognize Casal's strong yet understated vocals, his acoustic-driven melodies have been amplified by complex sonic layers, resulting in a new, expansive sound that is the culmination of this prolific songwriter's multifaceted catalogue. Tracks: Sweeten the Distance / Bird With No Name / Need Shelter / Let It All Begin / White Fence Round House / So Many Enemies / Feathers for Bakersfield / Time and Trouble / How Quiet It Got / The Gyrls of Wynter / Angel and You're Mine

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