Neal Casal Foundation and tribute album announced

A tribute album featuring Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Beachwood Sparks among others was announced yesterday along with details of a new Neal Casal Music Foundation (NCMF) which has been created “to honour the memory of the late great, multi-dimensional artist through an ongoing series of charitable endeavors.” The initial focus of the foundation is to provide instruments and lessons to students in New Jersey and New York state schools where Casal was born and raised, as well as to make donations to mental health organizations that support musicians in need. NCMF is being spearheaded by Neal’s longtime manager Gary Waldman along with a team of Casal’s friends. Continue reading “Neal Casal Foundation and tribute album announced”

GospelbeacH “Let It Burn” (Alive Naturalsound Records)

‘Let It Burn’  is the third studio album from GospelbeacH, the LA based band led by singer-songwriter, Brent Rademaker (formerly of Beachwood Sparks), and the follow up to ‘Another Summer of Love’ (Shindig! magazine Record of the Year 2017). Making a major contribution to the album is guitarist Neal Casal, best known for his work with Ryan Adam’s Cardinals, who sadly passed away aged 50 in August this year, having rejoined GospelbeacH for this record, and his virtuoso playing is a strong element of this album. Continue reading “GospelbeacH “Let It Burn” (Alive Naturalsound Records)”

Songs for the apocalypse: The Tyde “Your Tattoos”

Tracing their roots to early 1990s LA indie band Further, formed by Darren Rademaker and brother Brent (who went on to form another classic americana band Beachwood Sparks), The Tyde cite Felt, The Beach Boys and The Byrds as major influences and you can hear them and more all over this track from their debut album ‘Once’ from 2001 which still sounds as fresh today as when it came out 18 years ago.  Listen to that sublime instrumental break at 2.22 and the refrain that follows: “You made me wish I was your man”. A timeless sentiment but one that rarely sounds as heartfelt as the last minute of this song. I still love it more than life itself (and it taught me how to spell the word “tattoos”).