Americana singer-songwriter Neal Casal has died

We’re only getting this news from Tweets doing the rounds at the moment but it seems that americana singer-songwriter Neal Casal passed away yesterday. As well as being an artist in his own right, he played guitar for various bands including Circles Around the Sun and their website currently has just a photo of Casal on it. Ryan Adams whose best-known records Casal played on has tweeted:

Casal was a prominent figure on the americana scene when it underwent its late 90s surge in the UK and appeared on various americana compilations at the time including Uncut’s legendary ‘Sounds of the New West: The Best of Alternative Country’ CD from 1998. He also appeared on the final Friends of Americana UK CD in December 2017 which compiled 20 of the best tracks we’d ever been sent in the 14 years we ran the scheme. If you’ve never come across him before,  here’s a taste of why he made such an impression at the time. RIP Neal.

Update: Pitchfork have confirmed that cause of death was suicide.  A statement from Casal’s team reads: “As many of you know, Neal was a gentle, introspective, deeply soulful human being who lived his life through artistry and kindness. His family, friends and fans will always remember him for the light that he brought to the world. Rest easy Neal, we love you.”

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Editor of Americana UK website, the UK's leading home for americana news and reviews since 2001 (when life was simpler, at least for the first 253 days)
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Andy Riggs

Sad news made some fine solo albums and with Mr Adams & Black Crowes.