Chuck Leavell – Solo Piano Concert @ The Barn at Reynolda Village – Nov 11

chuck1On November 11, 2016, Reynolda Village will host a Rolling Stone when long-time keyboardist Chuck Leavell plays a rare solo piano show at The Barn at Reynolda Village as part of the new “More Barn” concert series.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 on the day of the show at the door and can be purchased online at This will be a seated general admission show with limited reserved table seating. Silo Bistro & Bar will be on site with beer and wine for sale. The Director Is In: Chuck Leavell Talks The Rolling Stones, David Gilmour, Karl D & More

locknfestival2015006When you have a resume like Chuck Leavell’s, even the term “legendary sideman” seems a bit too neat and narrow. Leavell’s put his stamp — and his world-class keyboard chops — on so many world-famous and historically significant bands and musicians that you want to turn over your entire editorial column space just to hear stories about one or two, and then come back for third and fourth helpings on entirely different subjects.

Chuck was a member of The Allman Brothers Band during the peak of its ’70s popularity — that’s his piano you hear on the take of “Jessica” that blasts from radios the world over. The sum total of his collaborations in more than 50 years as an active musician includes names such as David Gilmour, Sea Level, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, John Mayer, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Miranda Lambert and Widespread Panic. And that’s to say nothing of his much-lauded work in tree farming, conservation and environmental issues.

Perhaps Leavell’s best-known association, at least for the last, oh, three decades, has been as a touring member and musical director for The Rolling Stones. Chuck’s been right there with Mick, Keith, Ronnie, Charlie and the rest since more or less 1982, with plenty of water under the bridge. Now, as The Stones prepare to join other legends of rock ‘n’ roll at next month’s inaugural Desert Trip festival in California, Leavell reflected on his many years on the road and his associations in the jam scene.

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Rolling Stones To Release Blues Album in December

rolling-stones-press-2015-946Rolling Stones fans have known that the band has been working on a blues album for a while, and now it looks like it will be released before the end of the year.

Frontman Mick Jagger recently tweeted “Watch this space #playingtheblues” with a photo of a case filled with harmonicas.

Meanwhile, both Jagger and the Rolling Stones’ official twitter accountshave changed their profile photo to a Stones lips and tongue logo that is mostly blue.

While both of those things just feed into rumors, longtime Stones producer Don Was told a French media outlet that “The album consists of covers of blues songs of Chicago. It was recorded live in the studio in just three days, with the musicians in a circle around the microphones. There was no retouching on the pieces. The record sounds very crude, very authentic. It captures the essence of what they are.” He also apparently said that the album is due out in December. For more on this story, go to WZLX’s website.

Meanwhile, the Stones play the long-discussed Desert Trip festival next weekend. Jagger tweeted about that as well, asking fans what songs they want to hear.


Leavell remembers the day Otis Redding died

Chuck Leavell was a high school student in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1967 when Otis Redding died in a plane crash.

Leavell, who would go on to become a keyboardist for the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers Band, vividly remembers getting the news when he arrived at school.

“I got to the auditorium that morning to check in and everybody was upset and crying,” he said. “I’ll just never forget it. He was a great, great artist. … Everybody loved Otis Redding.”

Leavell was among a group of musicians who performed in a tribute concert at Macon City Auditorium on Sunday to recognize what would have been Redding’s 75th birthday. He was 26 when he died.

Redding transcended race and genre to develop a wide following and become known as the “King of Soul.” Justin Andrews, who is Redding’s grandson, said it was fitting to have such a wide range of musicians perform in the concert dubbed “An Evening of Respect.” The performers included two of Redding’s sons, Otis Redding III and Dexter, as well as Macon violinist Robert McDuffie. Others were St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Eddie Floyd and Otis Redding’s guitarist and writing partner, Steve Cropper.

“Otis Redding was so broad in his music,” Andrews said. “Otis Redding touches everyone, from rap to rock to country, from blues to jazz.”

The concert benefited the Otis Redding Foundation, which promotes arts and humanities education for youth.

Andrews said there was more to his grandfather than music.

“He was a businessman,” Andrews said. “He had five businesses when he died.”

Dexter Redding was 6 years old when his father died. He remembers that day well, but said it took some time for him to understand what had happened and the impact that his father had.

He said it means a lot of him to see people coming together to pay tribute to his father.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “It just goes to show you how powerful he was as an artist and how powerful the music is today. After all these years the music still lives on.” Stoned in Alabama: Stories from Rolling Stones concerts in the state, from ’60s to ’90s

21075942-mmmainAbout six minutes into the Rolling Stones’ 1972 album “Exile on Main St,” during the blues-punk song “Rip This Joint,” Mick Jagger screams it out:
“Wham! Bam! Birmingham! Alabam’ don’t give a damn!”

Generations of Stones fans living here or originally from the state have relished that lyric.

Alabama most certainly gives a damn about the Rolling Stones, and by 2016 has done so now for more than 50 years.

The band’s played concerts here six times. Beginning in 1965 at Birmingham’s Legion Field (May 7), then in 1969 at Auburn’s Memorial Coliseum (Nov. 14) and in 1972 at the Mobile Municipal Auditorium (June 27) and Tuscaloosa’s Memorial Coliseum (June 28). Jagger, piratical guitarist Keith Richards and the rest of the Stones wouldn’t play Alabama again until their 1989 “Steel Wheels” reunion tour, at Legion Field (Oct. 5). The British rockers last played here in 1994, again at Legion Field (Aug. 6).

(Of course, the Rolling Stones famously recorded two of their classic tracks, “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses,” at Sheffield’s Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in December, 1969. They also cut the blues cover “You Gotta Move” there during those sessions.)

For the past 22 years, Stones fans in Alabama have had to travel to at least Nashville or Atlanta to see the group perform live. The band’s core trio, Jagger, Richards and drummer Charlie Watts, are all getting deeper into their 70s. But anyone who witnessed the Stones’s electrifying stadium show last year in Nashville will tell you the band still can bring it. And then some.

So while we wait and hope for one more great Stones concert in Alabama, here’s a look back at those we’ve enjoyed so far, from fans who were there … including one fan who went on to play with the Stones for almost 35 years now.

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Gregg Allman On Stage Solo & As Guest Spotify Playlist

Veteran musician Gregg Allman last weekend returned to the live stage after a recent illness forced him to cancel a number of concerts. The namesake co-founding member of The Allman Brothers Band performed an acoustic set at Red Rocks with guitarist Scott Sharrard as part of his Laid Back Festival series of concerts and he has a number of solo shows on the horizon including a November residency at City Winery in New York City.

This week’s installment of Saturday Stream focuses attention on Allman’s live recordings outside of The Allman Bros. Two live releases make up the bulk of the Spotify Playlist – 1974’s The Gregg Allman Tour and 2015’sGregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA .

The first album was recorded during concerts held in 1974 at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. Keyboardist Chuck Leavell appears on the album, along with drummers Bill Stewart and Johnny Lee Johnson and members of the backing band Cowboy including guitarist Tommy Talton. Allman’s original “Queen Of Hearts” and his ABB favorite “Dreams” can be found alongside such well-known covers as “Turn On Your Lovelight” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”


Rolling Stones Drop Hints on Upcoming Blues Album ~ VVN Music

rolling-stones-bluesThe Rolling Stones have gone back to their roots to create an album of blues covers for their next record.

Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood dropped hints on Twitter this weekend while Keith Richards showed off his new Blue guitar picks.

Mick dropped another hint of the Blues album with a tweet saying “Watch this space #Playingtheblues

Earlier this year Ronnie Wood said an in interview “We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people”.

The Rolling Stones most well-known blues song is and centerpiece of ever show is ‘Midnight Rambler’.

When Chuck Leavell spoke with Noise11 in 2014 he referenced the obscure b-sides ‘The Storm’ and ‘Fancy Man Blues’. “The blues thing, are you kidding me? Would that be so cool to do blues covers of songs that they’ve written. I think it would be brilliant but its not my call,” Chuck said.

In the 60s The Stones would often include blues songs on various albums including ‘Stray Cat Blues’ from Beggars Banquet, ‘Love In Vain’ from Let It Bleed and ‘Little Red Rooster’ was even a hit single in 1964.

The Rolling Stones will resurrect again for the Desert Trip concert at Indio California October 7 and 14. The Stones will appear in a bill with Bob Dylan. Paul McCartney and Neil Young will play the Saturday night shows and Roger Waters and The Who will perform on the Sunday nights.