Osiris Media will launch a new podcast later this month entitled, Highway Butterfly: The Stories of Neal Casal. Set to premiere on September 10th, the podcast will serve as a companion to the upcoming Highway Butterfly tribute album to the late guitarist who died of suicide in 2019.
At the helm of the Highway Butterfly podcast are the same individuals who headed the album, Jim Scott and Dave Schools (Widespread Panic, Hard Working Americans). The audio series will explore the massive 41-track tribute album with its producers as well as some of the 130 artists who participated in its creation. Interview subjects will discuss their song selection and relationship to the prolific guitarist who founded Circles Around The Sun and played with (pre-cancelation) Ryan Adams and Chris Robinson Brotherhood as well as released a dozen solo albums.
“Working on the Neal Casal Highway Butterfly project was a long-term emotional investment: saddening for those of us mourning the loss of a brilliant artist and friend, yet healing in the fellowship of recording Neal’s songs,” Schools, who will also co-produce the podcast, said. “Ultimately Highway Butterfly stands as one of the most rewarding projects I have ever completed. I can’t wait for everyone to hear what the Highway Butterfly podcasts bring to light from these selfless artists who brought their unique magic to this project.”
Contributors to the Highway Butterfly album include 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 look for the first four episodes of The Stories of Neal Casal on September 10th, with additional episodes premiering throughout the fall.
Stream the first four episodes of the Highway Butterfly: The Stories of Neal Casal on Spotify and check out the first episode with Billy Strings below.