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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.

Relix: From the Lockn’ Times: Not Fade Away

Things got dancy as Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe took to the stage next. The suit-clad group opened up with “When I Get Home” and invited Chuck Leavell to join in. The former Allman Brothers keyboardist and current Rolling Stones touring member lent his signature style to a number of songs, including a cover of the Stones’ “Tumbling Dice.” The band closed their set with a “My Baby Likes to Boogaloo” that had the whole crowd grooving.

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“Sitting in Limbo” – Widespread Panic with Jimmy Cliff & Chuck Leavell at Lockn’ Music Festival

Hunting Quail in Georgia The highs and lows of shooting the delicious game bird on South Georgia’s Riverview Plantation. Recipe included.

Our quail hunt at the riverview plantation in Camilla, Ga., ended sweetly, but started with me swearing. That first February morning, we stood beneath a metallic blue wintertime sky, two old friends with Beretta 20-gauge shotguns. A pair of wiry English pointers worked a broad field of tawny grass, framed by towering pines, as our guide orchestrated the action. Suddenly, the dogs went rigid, pointing at birds hiding in the grass.

My shooting companion, David Bertioli, is an Englishman with his own shooting estate. We quietly moved forward, flanking the dogs right and left, assuming safe shooting positions. We expected a covey of bobwhites bursting noisily into the sky, but a single quail lackadaisically flew out of a tuft of lovegrass, and landed some 30 feet away on the high seat of the guide’s Jeep. I breeched my shotgun, walked over, and grabbed Colinus virginianus, the king of game birds. For hunters, hand-caught birds are bad juju. It suggests that the place drops pen-raised birds into fields before a shoot, which is unacceptable when a plantation charges some $1,200 a day per hunter. Our guide was noticeably uncomfortable.

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Q&A with Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band

On Sept. 18, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Phil W. Hudson spoke to Chuck Leavell, the keyboardist/pianist for the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers Band. In addition to his work as a musician, Leavell is a businessman, author and a conservationist.

Atlanta Business Chronicle: How did you end up in The Allman Brothers Band?

Chuck Leavell: I came to Macon for the first time in 1969 to investigate Capricorn Records. I had a contact there named Paul Hornsby, who was eventually a producer for Marshall Tucker, Charlie Daniels and others. Paul had been a friend in Tuscaloosa, where I was growing up. He had been called to come to Macon to become a producer and play on recording sessions. So, I came over to check it out. I was really blown away with what I saw. I decided to come there permanently or at least give it a try, so I moved there in 1970 and began working my way up the ladder. To skip over some of the details, by 1972 I was asked to play on Greg Allman’s solo record “Laid Back” and in that process there were these jam sessions that went on that included the other Allman brothers. After about three weeks of this, I was called into a meeting and asked if I would join The Allman Brothers Band.

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Chuck Leavell: Wood can help save the planet

The co-founder and director of Mother Nature Network discusses the benefits of building with wood and how Europe is lowering its carbon footprint with wood pellets.

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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.

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