Meet Outside-the-Box Award Winner CHUCK LEAVELL
Chuck Leavell is one of the most accomplished keyboardists in rock music history. For over 30 years, he’s played keyboard with the Rolling Stones, now on their 14 on Fire tour. In 2012, Chuck was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Allman Brothers Band.
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When Chuck isn’t on the road with the Stones, playing on tours and albums for a who’s who of other musical groups, or producinghis own critically acclaimed work, he and his wife, Rose Lane Leavell, run the 2,800-acre Charlane Plantation, a working forest in central Georgia, a portion of which is protected with a conservation easement. In 2012, Rose Lane was honored with Forest Landowner of the Year Award, and Chuck was named as a US Forest Service Honorary Forest Ranger. [...] Continue Reading…
“I am extremely excited about participating in the Tribute to Dr. John in New Orleans on May 3, 2014 at the Saenger Theater! Many of you know that I played with him back in 1971 and 1972 before I joined The Allman Brothers Band, and I am thrilled to help celebrate my old boss, mentor and friend, Mac Rebbennack…Dr. John.” – Chuck
Dr. John, the six-time Grammy winner and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee from New Orleans, will be celebrated during an all-star concert Saturday, May 3, at the Saenger Theatre.
Announced performers for “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” include Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Widespread Panic, Ryan Bingham, Lucinda Williams, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, Jimmie Vaughan, Irma Thomas, Tab Benoit, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Kreutzmann, Chuck Leavell, Shannon McNally, Sarah Morrow and Anders Osborne.
Dr. John will perform during special collaborations throughout the concert. More special guests and additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. The event will be filmed for broadcast at a later date.
Grammy winner and Blue Note Records President Don Was will lead the all-star band and serve as the concert’s musical director. [...] Continue Reading…
The festival, which was launched last year, is expanding to a two-day event, which will feature local artists on May 16 (one of the local acts last year was “American Idol’s” Jess Meuse) and a May 17 lineup that will include Leavell, Atlanta contemporary jazz artist Reggie Hines and two yet-to-be-signed acts.
Wind Creek Hospitality, the Alabama Roots Music Society and the City of Montgomery present the 2014 River Jam Music Festival offering two fun-filled nights of music in downtown Montgomery.
Friday, May 16 – 6:00PM
Music performed by Local Artists @ Union Station Trainshed
Saturday, May 17 – 6:00PM
Chuck Leavell with special guest Reggie Hines @ Riverfront Amphitheater
FREE ADMISSION!! For more information, call 334.625.2100.
Fri., May. 16, 2014, 6:00PM – 10:00PM
The Rolling Stones are working on the postponed shows scheduled for Australia and New Zealand, and we hope to have further news on that in due course. I am also hoping to re-schedule my own shows in Australia at The Cherry Bar in Melbourne and for the RocKquiz television show. We will post info on that as soon as the picture clears up.
In the meantime, we look forward to resuming our tour in Europe starting in Oslo, Norway on May 26, 2014. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and patience over the past month, and we will post further info as we get it. Be sure to check www.rollingsomes.com for other updated information.
Stones confirmed European Dates are:
26 MAY * OSLO, NORWAY @ TELENOR ARENA
29 MAY * LISBON, PORTUGAL @ ROCK IN RIO FESTIVAL
1 JUNE * ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND @ LETZIGRUND STADIUM
4 JUNE * TEL AVIV, ISRAEL @ HAYARKON PARK
7 JUNE * LANDGRAAF, NETHERLANDS @ PINKPOP FESTIVAL
10 JUNE * BERLIN, GERMANY @ WALDBÜHNE
13 JUNE * PARIS, FRANCE @ STADE DE FRANCE
16 JUNE * VIENNA, AUSTRIA @ ERNST HAPPEL STADIUM
19 JUNE * DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY @ ESPRIT ARENA
22 JUNE * ROME, ITALY @ CIRCUS MAXIMUS
25 JUNE * MADRID, SPAIN @ BERNABÉU STADIUM
28 JUNE * WERCHTER, BELGIUM @ TW CLASSIC FESTIVAL
1 JULY * STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN @ TELE2 ARENA
3 JULY * ROSKILDE, DENMARK @ ROSKILDE FESTIVAL
For more info: www.rollingstones.com.
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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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