Lessons and Blessings | CD + Digital Download

Lessons and Blessings | CD + Digital Download

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In 2018, with four albums under his belt and thousands of shows behind him, Texas singer-songwriter, guitarist Cas Haley was dividing his time between touring and spending time with his wife and kids on his Texas farm. He'd grown up immersed in ska/punk/skateboard culture and the classic reggae-pop of bands like UB40 and Sublime. He'd long since absorbed the hard-knock lessons of his runner-up finish on an early season of America's Got Talent. He'd worked with indie reggae label Easy Star Records, made other fruitful collaborations, and shared stages with the likes of UB40, G. Love, and Ziggy Marley. All along, he'd gone his own independent way, building an enviable career on the road and in the studio. Then came the jolt. His wife, Cassy, had a dangerous form of breast cancer. Surgery and chemo were in the cards. Suddenly life seemed a much darker place. But writing together with Cassy, who was discovering a new strain of creativity as a songwriter, proved to be a big part of the family's journey back to health. The lyrics to "Open Eyes," which became the new album's lead single, popped into Cas's head while they were driving to a follow-up appointment after Cassy's surgery: "Confusion laid its claim on me/Open eyes but still can't see." The aptly named new album Lessons and Blessings came out June 21, 2019 on Jimmy Buffett's label Mailboat Records. Lessons and Blessings features collaborations with Mihali Savoulidis (Twiddle), bluesman Seth Walker, and Josh Heinrichs (Jah Roots).

 

TRACKLIST:

1. What Would You Build
2. Together & On Our Own
3. Open Eyes
4. Never Give Up
5. Grounded Woman
6. Stop Fighting feat. Josh Heinrichs
7. Just Because
8. We All The Same feat. Seth Walker
9. Sit & Listen feat. Mihali Savoulidis
10. Seawater Shimmer/Sundial Shade feat. Ryan Eldridge
11. Never Give Up (Remix) feat. Josh Goode

 

Released June 21, 2019