Billy Strings and Circles Around the Sun have teamed up for a rendition of “All The Luck In The World,” a song from Neal Casal’s 1996 solo record Rain Wind & Speed. The performance marks the first single from the forthcoming 30-song tribute album Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal. The album is one of the two projects spearheading fundraising efforts for the newly established Neal Casal Music Foundation. The song was premiered by Rolling Stone.

The foundation was spearheaded by Gary Waldman, Casal’s longtime manager, “along with a team of Casal’s friends.” (Quote via press release.)

“In a note left behind, Neal told the story of how he got his first guitar when he was 13,” explained Waldman in a press release. “As he explained it, ‘I remember the day on one of those drives where dad asked what I wanted for Christmas and I said an Atari, and he said ‘c’mon Neal, you can do better than that. I always see you with your radio playing music, do you want more records? Do you want to play an instrument? Anything but Atari y’know? It’s just going to collect dust after a few months, I want to get you something useful.’ I sheepishly said I like guitar, and his eyes lit up and he said, ‘Sure i’ll get you a guitar, at least you’ll be learning something. So that was it, my life was set right there. I remember the exact place where we were when he said it. We were passing that reservoir that’s in between Oak Ridge, NJ and route 23 into NY state.'”

“So with that in mind, the concept for the foundation was born,” Waldman continued. “We will also donate a large portion of proceeds to MusiCares, Backline and other mental health organizations for musicians. This was also a specific wish of Neal’s and we have already donated over $25,000 to MusiCares from our preliminary fundraiser at the Capitol Theatre tribute concert for Neal on September 25, 2019.”

According to a press release, “Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal will be a double CD/triple vinyl album celebrating the prolific body of work Casal left behind over the course of 14 studio albums. Recording sessions for the project began in February led by co-producers Dave Schools of Widespread Panic and seven time Grammy-Award winning recording engineer/producer Jim Scott at PLYRZ Studios in Valencia, CA. Over 30 artists have been confirmed to appear, including Lucinda Williams, Jonathan Wilson, Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band, Cass McCombs, Steve Earle, Warren Haynes, Jaime Wyatt, Shooter Jennings and Robert Randolph & The Family Band among numerous others.”

The second project is Tomorrow’s Sky: Photographs by Neal Casal, “a 240-page, hard cover, coffee table book that presents over 250 of his photos. The book is broken up into six sections entitled Surf, Road, Rooms, Humans, Travel and Music—all subjects near and dear to Neal. Each section is a deep reflection of where Neal was in his life, whether backstage with his band, in a recording studio with Willie Nelson, an empty stretch of highway through a tour bus windshield, or on the beach with a surfboard. The photographs were carefully curated by Ricki Blakesberg using Neal’s Instagram, Tumblr and photo albums as a guide, while the book’s producer is Neal’s close friend and legendary photographer, Jay Blakesberg.”

Tomorrow’s Sky is a look at the world seen through the eyes of Neal Casal. Neal was a stealth photographer who always carried his camera and documented the people, places and scenes as they passed before him,” said Blakesberg via press release.

To donate to the Kickstarter, click here. Check out Billy Strings and Circles Around the Sun’s collaboration below!