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1 What Would You Build3:38
2 Together & On Our Own3:33
3 Open Eyes4:05
4 Never Give Up4:14
5 Grounded Woman5:07
6 Stop Fighting (feat Josh Heinrichs)2:51
7 Just Because3:36
8 We All The Same (feat. Seth Walker)3:06
9 Sit & Listen (feat. Mihali Savoulidis)5:40
10 Seawater Shimmer/Sundial Shade (feat. Ryan Eldridge)3:53
11 Never Give Up Remix (Feat. Josh Goode)4:06


In 2018, with four albums under his belt and thousands of shows behind him, Texas singer-songwriterguitarist 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 comes 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). Cas and his band are slated to perform at major festivals this summer and fall, including the Electric Forest Festival in Michigan, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, ShangriLa, Galactic Get Down, Project Earth, VIBE HIGH, and the MO ROOTS Music and Arts Festival.


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