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Albums Of The Week: Various Artists | Highway Butterfly: The Songs Of Neal Casal

A diverse roster of artists celebrate the work of the late singer-songwriter & guitarist.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal is a tribute to the life and music of the gifted singer, songwriter, musician, and friend to many. Featuring 41 of Neal’s songs, the collection brings together a galaxy of rock and roots music luminaries— including The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Shooter Jennings, J Mascis, Steve Earle and The Dukes, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, Billy Strings and many more — to reimagine the body of work the late singer-guitarist and songwriter left behind, while celebrating his enduring impact as an artist.

Within the limited edition vinyl and CD box sets are sleeves with rare and previously unpublished photos of Neal, a booklet presenting song lyrics, Neal’s own iconic photography and an essay by early career champion Jim Cardillo. Additional collectibles include a poster and baseball card with photos of Neal by photographer Jay Blakesberg and stickers designed by poster artists Alan Forbes and Marq Spusta. Highway Butterfly was co-produced by Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools and seven-time Grammy winner Jim Scott.

All proceeds benefit The Neal Casal Music Foundation, a non-profit formed in 2020 which provides musical instruments and lessons to students in New Jersey and New York state schools, while also donating proceeds to mental health organizations that support musicians, including MusiCares and Backline.”