Casal started his career in the late 1980s with a stint in the Florida rock band Blackfoot. After his debut solo album, 1995’s Fade Away Diamond Time, Casal started on a wide-ranging career including several more solo LPs. He played with the Cardinals from 2005 until the group’s hiatus in 2009, on releases including Ryan Adams’ Easy Tiger and the Willie Nelson album Songbird. His various groups also include the Skiffle Players, with Cass McCombs and Beechwood Sparks members. In 2010, he published a book of photography titled Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows, with a foreword by Adams and an afterword by Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, with whom he often performed.
A statement from Casal’s team reads: “As so many know, Neal was a gentle, introspective, deeply soulful human being who lived his life through artistry and kindness. His family, friends & fans will always remember him for the light that he brought to the world. Rest easy Neal, we love you.”