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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 Leavell to headline Westchester Elementary fundraiser

Chuck Leavell, the keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, and The Black Crowes, will be sharing his music at Eddie’s Attic to benefit Westchester Elementary School in Decatur.

Leavell’s two grandsons attend the newly reopened elementary school. His daughter, Amy Leavell Bransford, is chairing the fundraiser. Bransford also invited her friend, local radio and TV personality Mara Davis, to emcee the event.

Bransford said her family moved to Decatur from Inman Park last fall, and when she joined the PTA of Westchester Elementary, she was surprised to learn the new school needed lots of things. [...] Continue Reading…

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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Brooklyn Bowl Images!

Karl Denson is back on the road with his band Tiny Universe following filling playing gigs with the Rolling Stones (falling in for the departed Bobby Keys). He started his North American tour with the first of a 3-day run at the Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY with special guests Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys) and Robert Randolph, that included a Run DMC tribute set with hip-hop group Vocab Kompany. Friday’s show (2/6) is billed as a Bob Marley birthday bash and Saturday’s set will feature special guest, and fellow Rolling Stones touring member Chuck Leavell. Photos by Vikas Nambiar! [...] Continue Reading…

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“You Gotta Love the Life,” new album from adult contemporary singer Melissa Manchester

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Among the recently released albums, digital reissues, MP3 downloads and box sets: The 14-song, “You Gotta Love the Life,” the first new album from adult contemporary singer Melissa Manchester in a decade features duets with Dionne Warwick and Al Jarreau and some guest sax from Dave Koz; and the 15-tune “That Lovin’ Feeling” from 70-year-old jazz singer Steve Tyrell, who first began working with Burt Bacharach and Hal David when he was only 19, features guests that include saxman Koz, former Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Righteous Brother Bill Medley, Neil Sedaka, B.J. Thomas and songwriting great Barry Mann. [...] Continue Reading…

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Jambands.com: Cowboy – 5’ll Getcha Ten

There are those whose first exposure to Cowboy came from its pair of songs included on the 1974 Gregg Allman Tour double-album. Led by Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton, the core writing duo that had retained the name of the group following its dissolution in 1972, the revamped Cowboy opened for Allman on his solo run as well as acted as his backing band and featured an electrified style saturated in funky soul, gospel, and blues that typified the quintessential sound of the mid-‘70s, with grooving electric piano and a horn section overflowing from the Hi-Fi. 5’ll Getcha Ten is not that Cowboy.

Built on acoustic guitars, gentle harmonies, and lyrics of personal reflection, the original sextet out of north Florida had far more pronounced country leanings, and after being shepherded by Allman’s brother Duane to the attention of Capricorn Records, released in 1970 its debut album, Reach for the Sky. This 1971 follow-up, now reissued, continued in that same vein, with Boyer’s maturing songwriting peaking on the album’s most famous track, “Please Be With Me.” Covered by Eric Clapton three years later on his classic 461 Ocean Boulevard, this version is actually one of two that the band recorded with Duane Allman on dobro; the other appearing on Allman’s posthumous anthology. On 5’ll it’s a slower, and more plaintive offering, surely a high-water mark among these dozen songs, but hardly reduces the album to “Please Be With Me” and eleven others. Quite the opposite.
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Macon.com: Chuck Leavell takes stage with Macon Pops on Saturday night

Chuck Leavell will be joning the Macon Pops Orchestra, along with several other special musical guests, to celebrate local artists from the past, present and future with “Music of Macon,” happening Saturday at the City Auditorium.

“First of all, this is a rare opportunity for me to play in my hometown, especially with the Macon Pops Orchestra,” Leavell said in a recent interview. “We will be doing some rock ’n’ roll songs with string arrangements.

“I want to thank my friend Steve Moretti, who is in charge of the Macon Pops, for the opportunity. I want to mention Jimmy Hall, formerly of Wet Willie, who will be doing some duets with me. Finally, I will be doing one piece with Robert McDuffie, a world class violinist who is located right here in Macon. It’s going to be a great evening.”

Leavell also will be joined by Amy Schwartz Moretti, Floco Torres, Daniel NeSmith, Louise Warren and Joshua Neal for an unforgettable night of local music. [...] Continue Reading…

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Chuck to join Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe in NYC – Feb 7

Next month, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will play a three-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC from February 5 – 7. When the shows were originally announced, there was word themes and guests would be revealed soon and “soon” is now.

On February 5, KDTU will present Run DMC Remixed featuring Vokab Kompany, Roosevelt Collier and Robert Randolph. Then, on February 6, KDTU will present a celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday featuring Collier and more special guests to be announced. For the February 7 finale, Denson and his mates will be joined by legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Collier and another special guest that will be announced soon. Leavell is the Musical Director for The Rolling Stones, a band which Denson toured with towards the end of 2015, and was also a member of The Allman Brothers Band in the ’70s. [...] Continue Reading…

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VIDEO: BHLT (Betts, Hall, Leavell, Trucks) ’82

But for a real trip in the wayback machine, check out both of those numbers and more performed in 1983 at the Coffee Pot, with a band that included Betts, Allmans’ drummer Butch Trucks and keyboardist Chuck Leavell, and Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall.

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The Almost Brothers – A Band Of Roadies

On one hand, the vibe of A Band Of Roadies comes as no surprise: after all, the band comprised members of the Allman Brothers Band’s road crew circa ’73-’74, along with some other players from the Macon, GA music scene at the time. This mix of covers and originals – infused with bluesy, jazzy grooves and adventurous jams – is exactly what you might expect from offshoots of the ABBfamily.

What is a pleasant surprise, however, is the fact that this is a great album made by some solid players. After all, just because theylugged the Allmans’ gear, it doesn’t guarantee they could play it … but A Band Of Roadies stands on its own hind legs as a cool chunk of early 70s bluesrock recently rediscovered.

If you’re familiar at all with ABB history, you’ll recognize some of the band members: the late Twiggs Lyndon – the Allmans’ original road manager – plays guitar; longtime road crew member Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell (who passed away in 2011) mans the drums, along with soundman Michael Artz; Buddy Thornton (who handled front-of-house sound for the Allmans) plays bass. Virginia Speed’s talents on piano earned her a job as a keyboard tech for the ABB; her killer Steinway work and lead vocals on the classic “Fever” demonstrate just how good she was. And Dave “Trash” Cole was actually working on the farm that the Allmans owned in Juliette, GA when Lyndon discovered he was also a wicked guitar picker. Cole was hired on as an ABB guitar tech – and he was a natural for the Almost Brothers lineup. [...] Continue Reading…

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The Telegraph: Leavell lends piano chops to new website instruction

Howard Citron isn’t just the co-founder of the “irocku” website, he’s also a client.

Several years ago, Citron received an electronic keyboard from his wife for his 40th birthday. Citron had taken piano lessons a few times during his life, but as a lifelong rock ‘n’ roll fan, he had little desire to learn the compositions of Chopin or Liszt — or the contemporary music his teacher offered.

“My teacher sounded like Neil Sedaka, so I quit,” he said.

What Citron really wanted to do is to play like rock keyboardists such as Chuck Leavell, the legendary piano player for the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton, among others.

He and Leavell met each other at a seminar that Leavell and other musicians were giving for New York City schoolteachers, and the two hit it off.

Leavell said when Citron approached him about the idea of teaching rock and blues-style piano, the concept piqued his interest.

“I spoke with Howard. He was this really intelligent guy who was an entrepreneur,” Leavell said. “I thought at this juncture, it was worth investigating, so we embarked on it.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2014/12/28/3500992_leavell-lends-piano-chops-to-new.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy [...] Continue Reading…

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