NEAL CASAL COVERS GRATEFUL DEAD'S "MOUNTAINS
OF THE MOON" FOR RECORD STORE DAY 2013
Neal Casal has announced
the release of a limited edition 7-inch single for Record Store Day 2013 featuring his rendition of The Grateful Dead's "Mountains of the Moon."
The B-side is an instrumental acoustic guitar-based piece entitled "Grimes' Surf Story." Casal is accompanied on both
tracks by his band-mate in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and current Black Crowes' keyboardist Adam
MacDougall. The 7-inch will be released by Casal's current label, The Royal Potato Family, on April 20, the date set
for this year's Record Store Day festivities.
Casal explains why he chose to cover The Grateful Dead's "Mountains of the Moon":
"I love 'Mountains Of The Moon' for its baroque qualities, the very strange lyrics, and it's just a great melody, plain
and simple. There's a fantastic line, 'The earth will see you on through this time,' that really connects with me. It's
also a one of a kind song for The Grateful Dead. It doesn't resemble anything that came before or after it. The Dead
usually had a few of a certain kind of song, but with 'Mountains,' there was only one."
Casal tells the history behind side-B, "Grimes' Surf Story":
"The inspiration behind 'Grimes' Surf Story' is a great writer and musician named Jeff Grimes. He lives in Ventura
County, California and has been surfing the area since the '60s. The song was written thinking about the stories he's
told me of growing up in this area and witnessing life's changes through the decades. I was also hoping to capture
some of the spirit of influences like Robbie Basho, Peter Walker and John Fahey, but at the same time bring an
original twist to working within that tradition. So I asked Adam MacDougall to do his thing on Moog, Clavinet and
Rhodes, which brings something a bit different to that style and really sets the piece apart for me."
Casal, a self-proclaimed "record freak," owns thousands of LPs and frequently visits record stores around the country
while on tour. He has this to say about what Record Store Day means to him:
"Record stores, what can I say except, GO to record stores! Don't sit home and buy music online, actually get off your
ass and go to record stores. Buy records. Keep record stores alive, don't let them die, buy music from real people at
real record stores. That's Record Store Day."
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