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.”