Neal Casal - an in-demand guitarist who played with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Shooter Jennings and Ryan Adams' band, the Cardinals - has died at the age of 50.
"It’s with great sadness that we tell you our brother Neal Casal has passed away," read a post on Casal's Facebook page. "Neal was a gentle, introspective, deeply soulful human being who lived his life through artistry and kindness."
Casal's supple, rootsy guitar style made him a popular session musician. His long list of credits include work with Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Amanda Shires, Tift Merritt, Phil Lesh and more. Casal was most well-known for the three albums he recorded with Ryan Adams from 2007 - 2010 as a member of his backing band, the Cardinals.
Casal was also a prolific singer-songwriter, releasing 10 solo albums, in addition to founding the band Circles Around the Sun.
"I am absolutely devastated with the news of the loss of my dear friend and consistent collaborator," Jennings wrote on Instagram. "He was always my favorite picker in LA and we’d all just finished some beautiful music together."
Casal had recently announced on Twitter that he would be producing an album from singer/songwriter Kenny Roby in the coming weeks.