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WELCOME to the official Chuck Leavell website! Chuck has been honored to play piano and keyboards with many fine musical artists in his career including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Train, John Mayer and many others. Chuck is an inductee in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and recently received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Allman Brothers Band. Chuck is also a solo artist in his own right. His latest CD just released is called "Back To The Woods: a tribute to the pioneers of blues piano". Chuck is also one of the most dedicated and revered conservationists in the world. His recent book, "Growing A Better America" has been revered by the environmental community as one of the best books on "smart growth" in recent years. This site will keep you up to date on all his current activities.

Chuck to speak @ Fortune Brainstorm E (that’s for energy) – Sept 29 in Austin, TX

It’s a gathering of the biggest names, brightest thinkers and most passionate entrepreneurs working on the world’s biggest problems.

After months of hard work, we’re thrilled to announce our initial speaker lineup for Fortune’s Brainstorm E conference, which will take place on September 28 and 29 at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, Texas. Following seven years of our Brainstorm Green conference, for the first time we’ve decided to broaden the event to focus not just on sustainability, but also on energy and technology.

We’re also bringing the conference to Austin after its long run in Southern California. Austin, with its vibrant energy and tech industries, is the perfect place to gather the smartest people we know to discuss the intersection of energy, technology, and sustainability. They’ve got some pretty good BBQ and tacos, too, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler will help us kick off the event.

Through onstage talks and discussions, intimate breakout meetings, and fun networking events (come hang with us and Chuck Leavell, keyboardist with the Rolling Stones!), we’ll discuss what the future of energy looks like. We’ll dig into the policy scenarios on the horizon and the exciting tech innovations that will help us attack the world’s most pressing problems. The event is invite-only, but to request an invitation contact us here. [...] Continue Reading…

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Chuck will be a featured speaker @ USIPA’s 5th Annual Exporting Pellets Conference – Sept 21

Make plans to join us again in Miami to support the only U.S. conference sponsored by the  industrial wood pellet industry for the industrial wood pellet industry.

Conference Dates: September 20-22, 2015
Conference Venue: Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Monday, September 21st

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm Introduction of Chuck Leavell and Comments on Sustainability of Forestry Practices in the US

  • Mike Case, President & CEO, The Westervelt Company
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Rock Chastain! Chuck Leavell & Friends @ Chastain Park – Atlanta, GA – Oct 16

The benefit Is back – Rock Chastain! Please join us Friday night, October 16th, from 7PM-11PM at Chastain Park Amphitheater for our annual event benefiting the Chastain Park Conservancy. Tickets are on sale NOW!

The speculated sold out show will begin with Georgia’s own Michelle Malone, an American Rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer. Following Michelle will be well-renowned Chuck Leavell and Friends! Chuck Leavell is a well-established artist in the music industry. His piano and keyboard work has been heard on the works of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Indigo Girls, Blues Traveler, Train, Montgomery-Gentry, Lee Ann Womack and many, many more. With that said, ROCK Chastain 2015 will be an epic must see musical event. A beautiful Fall fun-filled night for all and right in your backyard! #lovechastain #ROCKChastain Get your tickets before they’re gone! [...] Continue Reading…

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Leading forestry expert is keyboardist for Stones

If any industry could use a prominent advocate, it’s forestry — because nothing grates on the ears of a forester like hearing someone say they won’t buy a book because it’ll kill a tree.

And few, if any, fit the role of forestry spokesman-at-large as well as Chuck Leavell, easily the world’s most recognized tree farmer.

Leavell’s tree plantation occupies 2,900 acres in Georgia. He has written books on woodland management, testified on logging legislation before Congress and likes to quote legendary Wisconsin conservationist Aldo Leopold.

And he has one other noteworthy credential:

He plays keyboards for the Rolling Stones. [...] Continue Reading…

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See who topped our Alabama Music Hall of Fame survey

I can’t guarantee that leaders at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame will take it to heart, but I can assure you that AL.com readers have spoken about who deserves to be inducted next year.

In an informal survey I launched last week, Wet Willie fans gave the group one more reason to keep on smiling, pushing the Southern rock act to first place. They’ll get no argument from me. I think now would be a great time to honor the group for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the fact that the Georgia Music Hall of Fame already inducted the group last year, based on its association with the Capricorn Records scene in Macon. Given that Wet Willie was born in Mobile, it’s high time for the band’s home state to follow suit. (The Hall of Fame board isn’t bound by this voting in any way, shape or form, but hopefully it’ll register as a polite suggestion.)

Anthony Crawford of Sugarcane Jane and Willie Sugarcapps came in second, and if he seems like something of a dark horse, there’s no secret behind his strong showing: His wife, Savana Lee Crawford, did a bang-up job of motivating the fan bases of those two bands. She published a list of her husband’s myriad accomplishments as a sideman, session musician, songwriter and producer, which involved collaborations with Neil Young and many other artists of note. It’s a resume that would seem to qualify Crawford for one of the Hall’s “contemporary awards” – a lesser honor than induction, but still high praise – at the very least.

Let’s give credit where credit was due: I assumed Jimmy Buffett would win this survey hands-down, but he came in at No. 7, a whisker behind Hank Williams Jr. In other words, Savana Lee Crawford out-promoted the whole Parrothead fan base. She ought to get an award just for that. You’d better take her out to dinner somewhere nice, Anthony. [...] Continue Reading…

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Rolling Stones keyboardist went from rocker to forestry advocate

Chuck Leavell is well-known in some circles as a tree farmer, but enjoys wider fame as the longtime keyboard man for the Stones.

MILWAUKEE — If any industry could use a prominent advocate, it’s forestry — because nothing grates on the ears of a forester like hearing someone say they won’t buy a book because it’ll kill a tree.

And few, if any, fit the role of forestry spokesman-at-large as well as Chuck Leavell, easily the world’s most recognized tree farmer.

Leavell’s tree plantation occupies 2,900 acres in Georgia. He has written books on woodland management and testified on logging legislation before Congress.

And he has one other noteworthy credential:

Leavell has been touring, recording and singing backup with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards since 1982. The band has had a keyboardist since its first gig in London in 1962, but Leavell has held the role longer than all three of his predecessors combined. He also has evolved into the band’s musical director, writing out each night’s set list on tour.
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Karl Densons Tiny Universe To Team With Chuck Leavell

Keyboardist Chuck Leavell and saxophonist Karl Denson will finish The Rolling Stones’ Zip Code Tour tonight in Quebec City, but we won’t have to wait long to see them share the stage again. As previously reported, Leavell will be Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s special guest at Lockn’ on September 12. The night before Chuck will perform a full show with KDTU.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe featuring special guest Chuck Leavell will perform at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on September 11. The show is part of “Karl Denson’s Fantastic Fall Tour.” More news about the show and tour are expected to be announced soon.

Tickets for the show at The Cap go on sale this Friday, July 17 at 10 a.m. via Ticketfly. [...] Continue Reading…

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Keyboardist Chuck Leavell discusses life as tree farmer, ecologist

Chuck Leavell’s garden back home in Georgia has it all. Well, almost.

“Tomatoes — a variety: Big Boys, Best Boys, heirlooms — sweet corn, various squashes, cucumbers, peppers — we love peppers, we love spicy things — yellow and green bell peppers, okra,” Leavell says.

No onions?

“Well, Vidalias come from down there, near us. It’s easier just to buy a 50-pound bag.”

The main crop on Leavell’s 2,900-acre property outside Macon is trees. Charlane Plantation — the name combines his first name, Charles, with his wife Rose Lane White’s middle name — has been recognized locally and nationally for its practices: Leavell has become a respected voice for sustainable forestry, common-sense growth, conservation and environmental protection.

The main trees at Charlane are Southern yellow pine — longleaf pine, slash pine, loblolly pine and shortleaf pine — as well as some upland and lowland native hardwoods. “We try to maintain a healthy variety,” he explains.

Following a comprehensive plan Leavell developed, trees are grown and harvested for lumber. He’s also part of efforts by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore that tree, largely wiped out by blight in the last century.

“We planted 30, and 20 or so are surviving and growing,” he says. “The foundation wants to plant a million trees in 10 years.”

In addition, Leavell is a co-founder of the popular environmental news and information website, the Mother Nature Network.

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post-gazette.com: Rolling Stone’s keyboard player is champion of the environment

When the Rolling Stones come to Heinz Field on Saturday, [June 20] fans will focus on lead singer Mick Jagger. But the musicians will be watching keyboardist and musical director Chuck Leavell.

Mr. Leavell will be focused on the music, though his mind may occasionally wander to another place — the woods.
“Trees and parks are the most precious type of resource we have,” he said in a phone interview. “They clean our air, they clean our water and let’s not forget they’re natural, organic and renewable.” [...] Continue Reading…

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