Circles Around The Sun was always and will always be the musical baby of celebrated rock and roll musician Neal Casal. But CATS, as they go by for short, is still as much the musical journey of band members Adam McDougall, Dan Horne, and Mark Levy. The three have put miles and muscle into popular jam scene groups like Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Grateful Shred, and The Congress, but Circles continues as their singular, collective, and unique creation. This coming month will see the release of their third studio album, a self-titled record that features the last recordings Casal did with the group.
CATS are also ready to embark on their first tour of the new year. Starting tonight, with a show at Baltimore, MD club The 8x10, the band will play a series of shows through the northeast and southeast. For these live performances, CATS has enlisted the collaboration of hotshot axeman Scott Metzger. Metzger has proved his technical abilities time and again in projects like Wolf! and The Showdown Kids, as well as his affinity for deep groove and psychedelic improv in projects like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.
The matchup of Metzger and CATS will undoubtedly be something unique and special to witness, but this tour is also particularly enticing as it sees the band playing intimate size spaces, such as The Sinclair in Boston on March 1, Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden, CT on March 3, and Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA on March 6. Circles Around The Sun has sets scheduled for Red Rocks and festivals like Leftover Salmon’s Boogie at the Broadmoor in Colorado and Skull and Roses Festival in Ventura, CA. But this upcoming run presents the immediate chance to experience the band’s new sounds and new visions up close and personal.
For more information, head to the band’s website at https://www.circlesaroundthesun.com.