Circles Around The Sun teamed up with Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic) for an instrumental interpretation of Neal Casal‘s “Bird With No Name”. The song will appear on the upcoming tribute to the founding CATS guitarist, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal, out on November 12th.
Featured on Casal’s 2011 record, Sweeten The Distance, the song originally hosted the gifted lyricist’s touching words. For the cover, however, Herring translated the soft embrace of Neal’s voice into his guitar, delivering an emotional performance that still boasts the fiery playing fans have come to love.
Produced by Herring’s Panic bandmate (and Casal’s Hard Working Americans bandmate), Dave Schools, the song is accompanied by a music video directed by Deren Ney that sees the titular, nameless bird taking flight amidst the flames likely emanating from Herring’s guitar.
Also set to appear on Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal are Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, Bob Weir, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fruit Bats, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Jonathan Wilson, The Allman Betts Band, Shooter Jennings, Beachwood Sparks, Jaime Wyatt, Marcus King, Eric Krasno, J Mascis, Warren Haynes, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Cass McCombs, The Mattson 2, Oteil Burbridge, Steve Kimock, John Morgan Kimock, Duane Trucks, Leslie Mendelson, Johnathan Rice, Billy Strings, Kenny Roby, Norah Jones’ Puss N Boots, and Aaron Lee Tasjan, among many others.
All profits from the album, out on November 12th, will benefit the Neal Casal Music Foundation which connects music industry professionals with mental health resources as well as provides music education to children in Casal’s home stage of New Jersey. Click here to pre-order Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal and watch the video for “Bird With No Name” below or listen on your preferred streaming platform.
Circles Around The Sun, Jimmy Herring – “Bird With No Name” (Neal Casal)
[Video: Neal Casal]