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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.

The Rolling Stones – South America Tour 2016

Get ready Latin America…The Rolling Stones are coming!

The AMERICA LATINA OLÉ stadium tour kicks off on 3rd February 2016, in Santiago, Chile.

Tickets are on sale now! Stops in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Lima, Bogotá, México City!

  • 2/03/16 Santiago at Estadio Nacional
  • 2/07/16 Buenos Aires at Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata
  • 2/10/16 Buenos Aires at Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata
  • 2/13/16 Buenos Aires at Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata
  • 2/16/16 Montevideo at Estadio Centenario
  • 2/20/16 Rio de Janeiro at Estádio Maracanã
  • 2/24/16 São Paulo at Estádio do Morumbi
  • 2/27/16 São Paulo at Estádio do Morumbi
  • 3/02/16 Porto Alegre at Estádio Beira-Rio
  • 3/06/16 Lima at Estadio Monumental
  • 3/10/16 Bogotá at Estadio El Campín
  • 3/14/16 Mexico City at Foro Sol

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AL.com: Mom’s joy of seeing son Chuck Leavell play with Rolling Stones captured in one incredible photo

Since the early 1980s, Birmingham native Chuck Leavell has been the keyboard player for The Rolling Stones. During the Stones’ 1989 Steel Wheels Tour, the band made a stop in Birmingham, and Leavell’s mother saw him perform for the first time with one of the world’s biggest rock bands. We emailed with Leavell to ask him about his experiences with The Rolling Stones and what it was like raising a family while on the road.

What was it like viewing the world at that time, when you were in such a prominent band?

We went to places that I had never been at the time. In 1990, after we had done the States, we did 10 shows in Japan at the Tokyo Dome, which was amazing. Soaking up that culture was so special. We also played cities in Eastern Europe that had been under the old Soviet Regime, East Berlin after the Wall fell, and Prague. There was this incredible feeling of “new freedom” in those places. We did extensive touring in countries like Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Denmark. It was just an amazing time and an amazing tour. [...] Continue Reading…

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A guitar-heavy group of releases: ‘From the Vault: Live in Leeds 1982,’ The Rolling Stones

‘From the Vault: Live in Leeds 1982,’ The Rolling Stones (Eagle Rock Entertainment, HHHH)

This DVD + two-CD/ Blu-Ray +two-CD/digital release dates from Nov. 20, and was the last concert of The Stones’ 1982 European tour. It contains many songs from 1981′s acclaimed “Tattoo You” album, plus other tunes from across their career, including a few that had yet to see album release. It was the last show for boogie pianist Ian Stewart and the first for Allman Brothers pianist Chuck Leavell.

The Stones were in 1980s fashions: Mick was wearing what looks like bicycle tights plus various toppings, and headbands and Nikes abound. His live vocals hadn’t degenerated into barking by that point, so there are lots of cool songs here.

My favorites are “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” “Just My Imagination,” a concise “Twenty Flight Rock,” a lengthy “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Angie,” “Tumbling Dice” and a few more.

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Civic Club’s annual show highlights music from Macon

Songs, comedy and performances themed on Macon’s rich musical heritage will be the focus of this year’s annual Macon Civic Club show.

“Macon Music” runs Feb. 3-6 at the Grand Opera House. “We have a four-night revue and all the proceeds from these shows go to local charities,” said show chairman Bill Henderson. “It’s a mix of singing, dancing and comedy.” The Civic Club formed 57 years ago and this is the group’s 55th annual performance. The shows always raise funds for local charities. “The first fundraising efforts were to save the Grand (Opera House),” Henderson said. “The club was very instrumental in helping save the Grand from being demolished and we continue to support the Grand.”

Plans for each year’s show begin not long after the current show concludes. Henderson worked with his wife, Beth, to come up with a theme and choose the music for this year’s show. “(Beth) loves the Reddings and everyone loves the Allman Brothers and all the Capricorn (aritsts). Our first thoughts were to perform a small amount of music from Macon and call it a different name,” Henderson said. “But we just went in full blast and said we’re going to name it ‘Macon Music’ celebrating Macon’s incredible musical heritage. We’re really proud of that.”

The club works with director Jim Crisp, choreographer Sylvia Haynie and musical director Laura Voss to put it all together. “Macon Music” will include five Otis Redding songs, two Allman Brothers Band songs and a number from the Rollings Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell’s band Sea Level, Henderson said. [...] Continue Reading…

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Music Track Sale Proceeds Help Fund Upcoming Johnnie Johnson Documentary

New life has been breathed into one of the most iconic rock and roll songs of all time –Chuck Berry’s ”Johnny B. Goode” – featuring some serious star-power, including a previously unreleased piano track by the song’s inspiration, Johnnie Johnson, as well as Grammy-winners Michael McDonald and David Sanborn.

The story of this new version of “Johnny B. Goode,” recorded in New York, St. Louis and Los Angeles, goes back a few years to when drummer/producer Mike Mesey, who played and toured with Head East, Chuck Berry, and Johnson, asked Johnson to play piano on a recording of “Johnny B. Goode.” Johnson was happy and excited to oblige, providing the only studio recording of him ever playing the song. Years after Johnson’s death in 2005, Mesey heard a lap steel guitar performance by Steve Scorfina, formerly of Pavlov’s Dog and REO Speedwagon, and immediately thought of Johnson’s piano tracks. Scorfina recorded for the song on a 1934 Rickenbacker lap steel – regarded as the first electric guitar.

After recording his lap steel tracks, Scorfina suggested contacting his childhood friend and former Majestics band mate from Ferguson, Mo., five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald, about recording a vocal track. McDonald, a fan of both Berry and Johnson, liked the project and obliged by recording amazing vocals. Another St. Louis native, saxophone legend David Sanborn, lent his talents to the recording as well; and Jimmy Vivino, longtime music director for the Conan O’Brien band agreed to record additional guitar tracks.

During discussions about how to proceed with the new “Johnny B. Goode” recording, the conversation shifted to using the song to help raise funds for a new rock documentary, “Johnnie Be Good,” about Johnnie Johnson’s life, produced by Art Holliday and including interviews with McDonald, Sanborn and Vivino, as well as a “who’s who” of rock music including: Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Bob Weir, the late Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, film director Taylor Hackford,Bruce Hornsby, former Late Show band leader Paul Shaffer, Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, The Kentucky Headhunters, actor Malcolm
McDowell, Oscar-winner Lou Gossett, Jr., Eddie Money and Conan O’Brien band members Jimmy Mike Merritt, and James Wormworth.
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The A.V. Club: Brothers And Sisters found The Allman Brothers Band wandering into uncertain territory

In virtually any other band in the world, Dickey Betts would have been the alpha dog, a superlative guitarist with the creativity to push his bandmates to new heights. But Betts happened to be a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, which already had its leaders, the mercurial Duane Allman and his brother Gregg. In the fallout from Duane’s death in a motorcycle crash, The Allman Brothers Band struggled to recenter its identity, and Betts sought to assert himself more, with mixed results.

If the band’s third studio album (not counting their seminal live At Fillmore East)Eat A Peach was an epic Southern wake for their dearly departed leader, then the follow-up record, Brothers And Sisters, finds the group in a more contemplative mood. Still mourning Duane’s absence, and with the additional hurt caused by bassist Berry Oakley’s death—in an eerie coincidence, again in a motorcycle crash—The Allman Brothers Band turned inward to search out new directions in which to take the band’s sound. [...] Continue Reading…

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Gov’t mule bring out guests, cover Grateful Dead, The Band, Allman Brothers at Beacon NYE run

In one way, shape or form, Gov’t Mule virtually always surprise in concert, so it only stands to reason that the element of novelty would be elevated for their annual New Year’s run at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. And that holds true even if, as with the most recent two nights, the concept of the shows, as well as the roster of guests, were announced well in advance. In contrast to arguably ill-prepared and/or conceived theme evenings of recent years, the Mule shows of 12/30 and 12/31/2015, with guests aplenty, effectively explained why setlists and personnel lineups can only tell so much.

Given the fact that Gov’t Mule hadn’t played together since September at the Lock’n Festival, it only stood to reason the quartet concentrated on tried and true material for their opening set at the beautiful Broadway venue. Vintage tunes such as “Painted Silver Light” and “Dolphineus” dominated, with only a couple more recently recorded numbers appearing and those for their topical slant: it was hard not to think the frenetic “Mr. Man” didn’t refer to Trump while “Unring the Bell” hearkened to the violent social disarray of our times.

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Widespread Panic Welcome Chuck Leavell, Cover Motorhead in Atlanta

Widespread Panic kicked off their New Year’s run last night at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA for the first of a three-night run, paying tribute to a rock legend in the process.For the second song of the night, the band busted out a cover of Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades,” a tribute to the band’s frontman Lemmy Kilmister, who passed away on Monday night. Watch the performance below. Later in the set, Panic brought out former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell out for three debut covers in a row, Son House’s “Low Down Dirty Blues,” Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” and a set closer of the Allmans’ “Jessica.”Leavell came back out in the second set for a three-song run of classic Jimmy Cliff tunes “Many Rivers To Cross,” “I Can See Clearly Now” and “Sitting In Limbo.” The band played with Jimmy Cliff earlier this year at Lockn’ Festival, with Leavell sitting in as well. To round out last night’s performance, Leavell returned once again for a two-song encore of “Blackout Blues” and “Porch Song.”Widespread Panic continue their New Year’s run tonight, again at the Fox Theater. [...] Continue Reading…

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Gov’t Mule at the Beacon Theatre

Gov’t Mule’s New Year’s run landed at the Beacon Theatre once again, as the band celebrated the end of 2015 with a run that included a special night of music with full cover sets of The Band, the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers. On December 30, however, Mule welcomed out the likes of Steve Kimock, Jimmy Vivino, Chuck Leavell, Jack Pearson and more. Dino Perrucci shared some photos from opening night. [...] Continue Reading…

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