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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.

R.I.P. B.B. King

I was fortunate enough to play with BB a couple of times. Once in Spain for a show called “Legends of the Guitar”, and once in Rome, Italy for a show that was broadcast all over Europe called “Legends of Rock”. BB was and will always be a legend…but he was also a true gentleman. He treated all of us in the band with the utmost respect and kindness…he was fun and funny, and it was such an honor to be on the same stage with him. Long live the King…

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Party time: White House Correspondents’ Jam – Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones and MNN welcomes journalist-musicians to a party in D.C.

What do you do when you know a bunch of journalists will be in town for the annual White House correspondents dinner? You throw a party, of course — but with a musical twist.

Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, teamed up with his co-founder of MNN.com, Joel Babbit, to create a party for all those journalists with musical leanings. The result was The White House Correspondents’ Jam, which featured plenty of music, a couple of Pulitzer winners and a dose of celebrity for good measure.

Read more & see lots more pics here: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/party-time-white-house-correspondents-jam [...] Continue Reading…

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A Rolling Stones member and a U.S. senator prove Washington friendships are weird at WHCD pre-party

To call the dance floor at the Fairmont hotel on Friday night an “only in Washington” kind of scene would make Washington seem weirder than it really is.

The guy playing guitar onstage has a Pulitzer somewhere back at home. That older man in the audience shimmying and spinning his wife to a Grateful Dead number? He’s the second-in-command at the Federal Reserve. Oh, and stick around for the next set — that’s when you’ll see a senator jamming to “Rock the Casbah.”

(The actors in this bizarre-o tableau: CNBC senior economics reporter Steve Liesman, Federal Reserve vice chairman Stanley Fischer, and Michigan Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow, respectively.)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), here at the cloture vote of Loretta Lynch, partied at the Friday night jam. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
The “White House Correspondents’ Jam,” a mini-concert thrown by Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell and his enviro-news outfit, Mother Nature Network, turned out to be a welcome addition to the crammed lineup of pre-White House correspondents’ dinner parties. Featuring four bands with journalist members, the musical interlude gave just about every middle-aged dude in D.C. a chance to dust off his leather jacket and hop around to Beatles’ tunes.

Younger attendees seemed a little more starstruck by Lena Dunham, the politically minded creator of HBO’s “Girls,” who dropped by to introduce The Sequoias, a band whose lineup included the New Yorker’s David Remnick. “Like the trees they’re named for, they’re old, wooden and dead inside,” Dunham joked. [...] Continue Reading…

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THE ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE “ZIP CODE” TOUR OF THE US FOR 2015

I am absolutely thrilled about our upcoming US “Zip Code” tour. The Rolling Stones have never sounded better, and all of us are anxious to bring this great music and production to the people yet again. Many of the cities we’re going to are ones we haven’t played in quite a while. I’m especially excited about our southern dates, and the opportunity to play in my “backyard” in Atlanta again, at Bobby Dodd Stadium….the last time we were in that venue was during the Steel Wheels tour of 1989. This tour will ROCK!

24 MAY
SAN DIEGO
PETCO PARK

30 MAY
COLUMBUS, OH
OHIO STADIUM

3 JUNE
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
TCF BANK STADIUM

6 JUNE
DALLAS, TX
AT&T STADIUM

9 JUNE
ATLANTA, GA
BOBBY DODD STADIUM

12 JUNE
ORLANDO, FL
ORLANDO CITRUS BOWL

17 JUNE
NASHVILLE, TN
LP FIELD

20 JUNE
PITTSBURGH, PA
HEINZ FIELD

23 JUNE
MILWAUKEE, WI
SUMMERFEST

27 JUNE
KANSAS CITY, MO
ARROWHEAD STADIUM

1 JULY
RALEIGH, NC
CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM

4 JULY
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

8 JULY
DETROIT, MI
COMERICA PARK

11 JULY
BUFFALO, NY
RALPH WILSON STADIUM

15 JULY
QUEBEC, QC
LE FESTIVAL D’ÉTÉ DE QUÉBEC [...] Continue Reading…

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The Rolling Stones set summer tour date in Atlanta

Let’s spare the clichés about not gathering any moss and the digs about rolling bones and get to the point: The Rolling Stones are coming to Atlanta.

Mick, Keith, Charlie, Ronnie and their supporting cast of stellar musicians will play June 9 at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Tickets will be sold starting at 10 a.m. April 13 through Georgia Tech partner Ticket Alternative at www.ticketalternative.com, all of their ticket outlets and charge-by-phone at 877-725-8849. Tickets will not be available through the Georgia Tech Ticket Office.

American Express cardholders will have pre-sale access beginning April 8. Ticket prices for the Atlanta date haven’t been announced yet, but range from $62-$395 in other markets.

The band played the 55,000-capacity “Ramblin’ Wreck” in 1989 during its “Steel Wheels” tour (the venue, which held about 46,000 at the time, played host to a disparate handful of acts in the ‘90s, including New Kids on the Block, Jimmy Buffett and Pink Floyd).

This summer concert marks the Stones’ first appearance in Atlanta since two performances at Philips Arena during its “A Bigger Bang” tour – in October 2005 and February 2006.

This is the classic rockers’ first time playing North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s “A Bigger Bang Tour.”

The band – which still includes Georgia mainstay Chuck Leavell on keyboards – has been on the road consistently the past few years; in 2012-13 with the anniversary run “50 & Counting” and last year with “14 on Fire.”

According to the release for this upcoming “Zip Code” outing, the stage design for the stadium shows “includes a thrust that extends deep into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their fans.” High-end video screens and special effects are also expected.

A couple of weeks ago, the Stones teased fans with billboards and a social media campaign pointing to #SatisfactionThursday, but it turns out they picked a #RubyTuesday to announce their news instead. [...] Continue Reading…

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70 Years of Eric Clapton: Ranking Slowhand’s Best Songs by Decade, Including ‘Layla’ and More

Eric Clapton has been one of the most renowned guitarists of all time (ranked no. 2 all time by Rolling Stone, behind only Jimi Hendrix), spreading his six-string and vocal work across bands such as The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Derek and The Dominoes, and of course as a solo performer. Music Times is celebrating the 70th birthday of Slowhand by selecting his best piece from every decade of his performing career. It’s obviously a contentious contest, so feel free to chip in your personal favorites if we chose something else.

The ’60s: “Crossroads” by Cream
Clapton, despite being “God” according to London graffiti, rarely tackled songwriting by himself. Prior to joining Cream, the guitarist sat down with Elektra Records producer Joe Boyd to consider standards for Clapton’s Powerhouse project. Both agreed that he should include something from blues icon Robert Johnson, but the guitarist voted for “Traveling Riverside Blues” while the producer recommended “Cross Road Blues,” a reference to Johnson’s legendary meeting of the devil at the crossroads to gain his guitar-playing talent. Johnson’s original had been done with an acoustic guitar of course, so Clapton created a modern electric arrangement for Powerhouse. He brought the arrangement back with Cream, altering it to suit the band’s personality, featuring a more aggressive, galloping version of the classic riff. This is the rendition that you’ve most likely heard on classic rock radio, recorded live for inclusion on the album Wheels of Fire. Clapton must be thankful to Boyd for his opinion, as the rocker continues to close concerts with it to this day, and named his annual blues festival after the song. [...] Continue Reading…

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Jambands.com: Chuck Leavell To Team With Karl Denson At Lockn Festival

The latest Lockn’ Festival lineup announcement reveals that Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will team with legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell at this year’s festival, which takes place at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia September 10 – 13.

Leavell and Karl Denson shared the stage last year as members of The Rolling Stones’ touring band for performances in Australia and New Zealand. Chuck, who’s also known for his work with The Allman Brothers Band and as an environmentalist, has played keyboards for The Rolling Stones since 1981.

Tickets for Lockn’ are on sale now via the festival’s website. Check out the Lockn’ entry in our newly redesigned JamBase Festival Guide.

Current Lockn’ Festival ’15 Lineup

Anders Osborne, Fishbone, Galactic, Hot Tuna Acoustic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Chuck Leavell, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Little Feat, Phil Lesh & Friends, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Slightly Stoopid, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Doobie Brothers, The Doobie Incident, The String Cheese Incident, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic [...] Continue Reading…

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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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