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‘Highway Butterfly: The Stories Of Neal Casal,’ is a companion podcast available in the lead-up to the 41-song tribute ‘Highway Butterfly: The Songs Of Neal Casal,’ due Nov. 12. The first four podcast episodes premiered on World Suicide Prevention Day and include interviews with tribute album contributing artists Billy Strings and Jaime Wyatt and co-producers Dave Schools and Jim Scott. Each week following, additional contributors to the album will share their stories about Neal, memories of making the tribute album and what the Neal Casal Music Foundation means to them. The conversations bring up important topics such as mental wellness for musicians and destigmatizing our needs around mental healthcare. ‘Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal’ is a 3+ hour tribute collection of Casal’s songs recorded by 41 artists & 130 musicians, now available as pre-order for both the 5-LP/3-CD limited edition boxed sets. All proceeds from sales and streams of the recordings will benefit The Neal Casal Music Foundation.
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‘Highway Butterfly: The Stories Of Neal Casal,’ is a companion podcast available in the lead-up to the 41-song tribute ‘Highway Butterfly: The Songs Of Neal Casal,’ due Nov. 12. The first four podcast episodes premiered on World Suicide Prevention Day and include interviews with tribute album contributing artists Billy Strings and Jaime Wyatt and co-producers Dave Schools and Jim Scott. Each week following, additional contributors to the album will share their stories about Neal, memories of making the tribute album and what the Neal Casal Music Foundation means to them. The conversations bring up important topics such as mental wellness for musicians and destigmatizing our needs around mental healthcare. ‘Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal’ is a 3+ hour tribute collection of Casal’s songs recorded by 41 artists & 130 musicians, now available as pre-order for both the 5-LP/3-CD limited edition boxed sets. All proceeds from sales and streams of the recordings will benefit The Neal Casal Music Foundation.
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    Episode 20: Rachel Dean

    Episode 20: Rachel Dean

    Rachel Dean became acquainted with Neal Casal when he was playing with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. They became close friends who shared many adventures, and Neal worked closely with Rachel on her debut solo album Indian Summer, co-producing, playing, and even taking the photos for the gatefold. Most recently, Neal contributed his signature guitarwork to Rachel's self-titled release with her band Starlight Cleaning Co. Rachel shares stories from these sessions and their friendship in this interview. Learn more about Rachel’s music: http://www.starlightcleaningco.com/about.html
    Song clips in this episode: 
    “So Far Astray” - Neal Casal, Roots & Wings
    “The Cold & The Darkness” - Tim Heidecker, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal
    “So Far Astray” - Rachel Dean, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal
    “The Race” - Starlight Cleaning Co. Self Titled
    Episode artwork photography by Neal Casal
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    • 27 min
    Episode 19: Jesse Aycock

    Episode 19: Jesse Aycock

    Jesse Aycock is a musician from Tulsa, Oklahoma who was a long-time fan of Neal Casal before they connected through a mutual friend. After meeting and becoming friends, Neal worked on Jesse's solo album Flowers and Wounds before recruiting him to join Hard Working Americans. In this interview, Jesse describes the fortuitous circumstances of their introduction, stories from recording his version of "The Losing End Again" for Highway Butterfly, and the importance of having honest conversations about mental health.
    Song clips in this episode: 
    “The Losing End Again” - Jesse Aycock, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal
    “The Losing End Again” - Neal Casal, Roots and Wings
    Episode artwork photography by Neal Casal

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    • 36 min
    Episode 18: Kenny Roby

    Episode 18: Kenny Roby

    Kenny Roby first met Neal back in 1997, when Kenny’s Raleigh, NC based band, 6 String Drag, signed to Steve Earle’s E-Squared record label and made their classic album High Hat. Neal and Kenny became great pals and Neal invited Kenny along to open a month of shows on his 1998 tour of the UK and France. They sang together every night and when the tour ended they came back to the states and recorded their duo album Kenny Roby & Neal Casal: Black River Sides. They stayed friends until Neal’s passing in 2019 and Kenny recorded a fantastic version of Neal’s song “Too Much To Ask” for the Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal tribute album. Learn more about Kenny: https://kennyroby.net/
     
    Song clips in this episode:
    6 String Drag Bottle of Blues
    Ain’t Got The Time
    When I Loved You 
    Silver Moon
    Too Much To Ask
    New Day
     
    Episode artwork photography by Neal Casal

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    • 50 min
    Episode 17: Lauren Barth

    Episode 17: Lauren Barth

    Lauren Barth met Neal Casal at a show in her hometown of Santa Barbara, and the two became fast friends, and soon, musical partners. In this episode, Lauren shares the wisdom Neal imparted in their time playing together, how he laid the groundwork for her current musical and professional path, and why she chose to pay tribute to her friend with her stunning rendition of "Lost Satellite" from Neal's 2006 album No Wish to Reminisce. Visit Lauren’s website for info on past and upcoming releases: https://laurenbarthmusic.com/
    Song clips in this episode: 
    “Sleepless Nights” - Neal Casal and Lauren Barth, The Echo (Los Angeles, CA)
     
    “Lost Satellite” - Lauren Barth, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal
     
    “Lost Satellite” - Neal Casal, No Wish To Reminisce
    “Ocean Eyes” - Farmer Dave & The Wizards of the West
    Episode artwork photography by Neal Casal

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    • 29 min
    Episode 16: Jim Scott, Dave Schools, & Gary Waldman

    Episode 16: Jim Scott, Dave Schools, & Gary Waldman

    For their first time together since the beginning of the Highway Butterfly tribute album project in February 2020, co-producers Jim Scott and Dave Schools along with executive producer Gary Waldman gathered at PLYRZ Studio in Valencia, California where Neal loved recording and where nearly all songs on Highway Butterfly were mixed or recorded prior to lockdowns.
    Jim, Dave and Gary have a roundtable discussion sharing song by song stories about the recording process, revisiting the unique ways each of the tribute songs came to be included in the 41-song collection, released on November 12th, 2021. 
    Learn more about ‘Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal’: https://nealcasalmusicfoundation.org/highway-butterfly

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 15: Jon Graboff and Brad Pemberton

    Episode 15: Jon Graboff and Brad Pemberton

    Neal joined Ryan Adams & The Cardinals in 2005 and they built an unrivaled musical synergy together as they toured globally and recorded several studio releases. Jon Graboff and Brad Pemberton of The Cardinals chat with guest host Gary Waldman as they revisit memories of life on the road and in the studio with Neal, plus recording their respective parts for the Highway Butterfly tribute album. 
    “Kiss Before I Go” - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Jacksonville City Nights
    “Stella Blue” - Willie Nelson, Songbird
    “Two” - Ryan Adams, Easy Tiger
    “Everybody Knows” - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, David Letterman performance
    “Need Shelter” - Jaime Wyatt, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal
    “Highway Butterfly” - Steve Earle & The Dukes, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal
    Episode artwork photography by Neal Casal

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    • 56 min

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