Episode 9: Adam MacDougall

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This episode contains discussions of suicide. If you or a loved one are in need of mental healthcare, call 1-800-273-8255 or contact an organization such as Backline, MusiCares or the National Alliance on Mental Health as listed below.

Adam MacDougall and Neal Casal were bandmates in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around the Sun (CATS), and played together in many other iterations, like jam sessions at Terrapin Crossroads and at Bob Weir’s TRI studios. Of course, they were also extremely close friends. In this episode, Adam reflects on their life on the road together, how CATS came about, and more memories of his dearly missed friend. He also talks about the changes he’s made in his own life since Neal’s tragic passing to care for his own mental well-being. See Adam perform with his band Circles Around The Sun on tour this November, dates can be found at www.circlesaroundthesun.com.

Song clips in this episode:

“Vibration & Light Suite” – Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Magic Door

“Gilbert’s Groove” – Circles Around The Sun, Interludes For The Dead


“Sweeten the Distance” – Neal Casal, Sweeten the Distance


“All The Luck In The World” – Billy Strings & Circles Around The Sun, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal


“Bird With No Name” – Jimmy Herring & Circles Around The Sun, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal 


“The Losing End” – Jesse Aycock, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal 


“Ship of Fools” – Neal Casal (2008), Circles Around The Sun (2020) 


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