Noise11.com has this writeup on Chuck:
Chuck Leavell, the keyboard player for the Rolling Stones, will perform his own show at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar on March 29.
Leavell has been a member of the Rolling Stones live band since 1982 and became the full-time keyboard player in 1985 for the band following the death Ian Stewart.
Chuck Leavell has played on every Rolling Stones album since ‘Some Girls’ (1978). He is also the “unofficial” music director of the band and compiled the Stones setlist before each show with Mick Jagger.
Chuck Leavell was a former member of the Allman Brothers. He was the keyboard player at the band’s peak playing on their classic 1972 album ‘Brothers and Sisters’ featuring ‘Jessica’ and ‘Ramblin’ Man’.
Chuck has also recorded with The Black Crowes (Shake Your Money Maker), Eric Clapton (Unplugged, 24 Nights) and John Mayer (Born & Raised).
Leavell has also recorded five solo albums.
Chuck Leavell will perform at Cherry Bar, Melbourne at 2pm Saturday, March 29. Tickets are $60 from cherrybar.com.au
Rolling Stones sax player Bobby Keys will also be performing his own shows in Australia during the Rolling Stones tour.
StAugNews.com has this writeup on Rose Lane and Chuck. Take a look below, then read the full article.
Our 2013 Legacy Landowners are quite the couple: Rose Lane, a stylish colonial dame whose Georgia roots go back to the 1790s, and Chuck, a city boy from Alabama who arrived in Macon eager to dive into the muddy waters of Southern rock.
“When I first came to Macon, I took a tour of Capricorn Records,” he says. “It started in the state-of-the-art studio and eventually got to the executive offices. The doors of the office opened, and there was this beautiful creature sitting behind a desk. That was a very positive sign for me. Now you have to understand that I was very young at the time and a little bit too shy and quite frankly almost penniless. I didn’t feel worthy to ask Rose Lane out for a date until two years later when I landed the position with the Allman Brothers band.
“To my surprise, she accepted.”
The young couple went from just dating to just about married in a hurry. Not surprisingly, each endeavored to learn as much as possible about the other. “So I said, ‘Tell me about your family,” Chuck said.
“We live in the country,” Rose replied. “We’re out in Twiggs County. It’s not all that far from Macon. My grandmother is there, my parents, my brother, lots of relatives. We’re country folk. We work the land.”
The truth was Rose Lane had given her beau an abridged version of her family’s extensive ties to the land. One ancestor, a Quaker, traded life in England for the opportunity to be an indentured servant in Virginia. After completing his indenture, he petitioned a local court as a “gentleman” to receive 400 acres of land. In the 1790s, subsequent generations settled in Georgia, where the family eventually accumulated tens of thousands of acres.
“Granddaddy and Daddy were integrally involved in the forest industry in Georgia from 1922 until Daddy quit forestry in 1963. They were procurement agents and timber cruisers for big companies, big mills,” she says.
So on his first visit to the plantation, Chuck had more than a mild case of stage fright. “I was an extremely nervous young hippie, rock piano player.” He needn’t have worried. He wasn’t the only one with mixed emotions.
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Melissa Ruggieri of Access Atlanta has this review of last Saturday’s show at Atlanta Symphony Hall:
From the beginning, Chuck Leavell promised a night filled with “a bit of roots, a bit of rock, a bit of soul and a bit of rhapsody.”
Then for two hours, the man who has spent chunks of his career with rock royalty including The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton, delivered on his word.
Only eight days after Leavell helped honor longtime comrade Gregg Allman with a slam-bang musical soiree at the Fox Theatre, the master pianist/keyboardist rounded up another squad of top-notch talent – including Allman and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – to commandeer Symphony Hall. [...] Continue Reading…
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this writeup of Chuck for tonight’s show:
The day after helping to anchor a crackerjack band backing the Gregg Allman tribute at the Fox Theatre, Chuck Leavell headed to one place: his masseuse.
Who can blame him after expertly pounding a keyboard for the four-hour live marathon — not to mention the weeks’ worth of rehearsals leading to last Friday’s all-star event?
Now the Macon resident will cruise back to Atlanta this weekend and will again share a stage with Allman, as well as Randall Bramblett, Jimmy Hall, Robert McDuffie, Michelle Malone and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The event — “Celebrating Georgia with Chuck Leavell and Friends” — will take over Symphony Hall Saturday night and give the participants the opportunity to spotlight the soul of Georgia music.
Calling earlier this week from his car, the good-natured Leavell provided some insight about what to expect from the show.
On how the event came to fruition:
“My wife, Rose Lane, was chairperson of the Georgia Humanities Council program called New Harmonies, a program sponsored by the Smithsonian. Their display about roots music went around the state for two years in small cities. Then the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Humanities Council said, ‘We’re coming to the end of this two-year run and we want to do a big event in Atlanta to celebrate the success of it,’ and asked me to put it together. I recruited Randall and reached out to Jimmy Hall. I called Gregg and was kind of surprised he said yes since I knew he was on tour. They had to rearrange a date for him, but he was willing to do that to be part of this. Then I called Michelle Malone (Leavell has played on a couple of her records) and she was into it as well.”
On the format of the show:
“The core band will do some songs off my recent record, a blues tribute (‘Back to the Woods: A Tribute to the Pioneers of Blues Piano’). Then Randall will do a couple of songs, Robert McDuffie and I will do some duets — he’s also going to perform with the ASO on his own and then they’ll do a couple of pieces — and then the rest of the guests will come out.”
On the Otis Redding tribute during the show:
“The special guests will participate in that and the ASO. We’re going to have four songs. I don’t want to tip the hat of which Otis songs we’ll be doing, but Gregg, I know, will participate in the encore.”
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Chuck recently sat down with Atlanta Magazine:
Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell began his music career as a tagalong kid brother on his older sister’s date to a Ray Charles gig in Tuscaloosa in 1965. “I was 13 and my parents had something else going on that night,” Leavell recalled to Atlanta magazine this week from his 2500-acre tree farm in Macon. “So they said, ‘Why don’t you take Chuck with you?’ She graciously said yes. I was already playing music, learning piano and guitar. I was very interested in music. But I had never seen anything that powerful. I mean, Ray Charles is Ray Charles but then he had [David] Fathead Newman on sax, the Raelettes were singing. The band was just so tight. I walked away that night knowing exactly what I wanted to do with my life. If I could be in a band that was anything near that good and that powerful and that moving, that’s what I wanted to do. It was life changing.”
Who better then to organize Saturday night’s Celebrating Georgia with Chuck Leavell *and Friends* concert at Symphony Hall than Leavell, who played on some of Capricorn Records most influential recordings, not to mention gigging with The Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton before joining Mick, Keith and the boys on global tours? Saturday night’s show will reunite Leavell with Gregg Allman and feature Jimmy Hall, Robert McDuffie, the Randall Bramblett Band, Michelle Malone and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Q: What can you tell us about how this all came together and the musical selections on Saturday night’s set list?
A: My wife Rose Lane Leavell was the chairperson of a wonderful Georgia Humanities Council program, New Harmonies. It was a Smithsonian music exhibition that went around the state. They came to us and said, ‘We’d like to do a grand finale event to celebrate the success of this exhibition’ and they asked if I would put it together. So I called a few of my friends and here we are. We want to pay tribute to this exhibition and roots music. My most recent CD, Back to the Woods, is a celebration of early blues piano players. We’ll start the night with some of those songs. Then we’ll move toward our special guest and our tribute to Otis Redding. I don’t want to tip the hat too much except to say that Otis was an iconic artist from the state of Georgia and we’ll be paying tribute to him and of course, Gregg will be a part of that. Plus, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be performing with us as well. The evening is all about roots, rock and rhapsody.
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Another nice piece from Access Atlanta’s Melissa Ruggieri:
The music of Georgia will receive a special celebration next month – and Chuck Leavell, Gregg Allman, Randall Bramblett and others will be on hand for the honors.
At 8 p.m. Jan. 18, “Celebrating Georgia with Chuck Leavell and Friends” will be presented at Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.
The performance is affiliated with the Georgia Roots Music Festival, the one-day event celebrating Georgia’s extensive musical heritage that takes place from noon-6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Woodruff.
For the evening concert, Leavell, known for his work with the Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones among many others, will be joined by Allman, Bramblett, Jimmy Hall, Robert McDuffie and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jacomo Bairos. The performance will pay homage to Georgia native Otis Redding.
Tickets for the musical celebration are $29-$89.50 and are on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 13. They can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com, as well aswww.atlantasymphony.org, at the Woodruff box office or by calling 404-733-5000.
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The Gregg Allman tribute concert already lined with superstars just added a few more notable names to the performance list.
Vince Gill, Dr. John and Chuck Leavell will join the previously announced Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan, Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph and many others, including, of course The Allman Brothers Band.
Leavell will be part of the all-star backing band for the show, which will be led by Allman pal Don Was. Joining keyboardist Leavell, who has a long history with the Allman Brothers and the Rolling Stones, are drummer Kenny Aronoff and guitarists Jack Pearson and Audley Freed.
The sold-out concert takes place Jan. 10 at the Fox Theatre and will be filmed to air on AXS TV in May.
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Ricky Flake reviewed the latest live DVD from the Rolling Stones over on SunHerald.com:
‘Sweet Summer Sun-Hyde Park Live,’ The Rolling Stones (Eagle Rock Entertainment, HHHH 1/2)
This Nov. 12 DVD/Blu-ray release presents the Stones back in Britain’s Hyde Park for the first time since the 1969 performance where young Mick Taylor was introduced as the Stones’ new guitarist. That late-’60s show was greatly limited by the sound equipment of the time; this one is high tech and sounds remarkable, even if Keith has lost his “high lonesome voice” and Mick sometimes seems to bark rather than sing.
This package comes from two outdoor shows featuring Mick, Keith, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts doing what they do best, along with new bassist Daryl Jones, old saxophone buddy Bobby Keys, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, backing vocalists Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler and more.
My favorites include one of the best openers ever, “Start Me Up,” a reverent run through “Ruby Tuesday,” Keith’s vocal turn on “You Got the Silver,” and Mick Taylor’s guest spot on “Midnight Rambler.”
Lisa does a good job singing Merry Clayton’s studio star turn on “Gimme Shelter” without direct copying. The Stones could’ve thrown in a few more tunes if they’d eschewed the long endings. However, this show is a lot better than two Superdome shows from my past, so I’m happy.