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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 Speak and Play at South Carolina’s Upcountry Museum – April 12

Next month, keyboardist Chuck Leavell will appear at a special event hosted by Upcountry History Museum at Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he will play music and share stories from his varied musical career.

Leavell, who has provided keyboards for, among others, The Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers Band, will speak with the museum about his years on the road in an event that coincides with the museum’s exhibit “Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone.”

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Backstage Pass with Chuck Leavell – April 12

Backstage Pass with Chuck Leavell
April 12 at 7:00 pm

Join Chuck Leavell for an evening of stories and music at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University. Explore “Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone” as Chuck Leavell shares personal stories from his years on tour with The Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers Band.
Enjoy open bar, delicious food, and great live music!
Event Details
$75 per person
VIP Single Ticket – $125, includes one ticket for VIP reception from 6:00-7:00 pm, and one swag bag with signed CD from Chuck Leavell
VIP Pair Ticket – $225, includes two tickets for VIP reception from 6:00-7:00 pm, and one swag bag with signed CD from Chuck Leavell
Attire – Rock ‘n’ Roll Casual Complimentary Valet
RSVP by April 5. Call 864-467-3100 or email info@upcountryhistory.org

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THE MUSICAL MOJO OF DR. JOHN: A CELEBRATION OF MAC & HIS MUSIC

I was absolutely thrilled to be a part of this historic night of music, and am happy to share this news with my fans. I had the privilege to be in the core band for the whole night. It was an amazing experience, and an honor to celebrate the talents and career of one of my great friends and mentor, Dr. John.

The broadcast premiered on AXS TV on Sunday night at 8pm, and will air again on Tuesday, March 29 (check local listings for time)…so be in the Right Place at the Right Time! Watch The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac & His Music TUESDAY, MARCH 29! http://celebratedrjohn.com” [...] Continue Reading…

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Alabama’s Rolling Stone: Chuck Leavell honored by state’s Music Hall of Fame

This week, pianist extraordinaire Chuck Leavell is playing stadium concerts in Brazil with The Rolling Stones. In 1966, he was a 14-year-old doing Friday night gigs at the Tuscaloosa YMCA. In between, Leavell’s playing, which strikes a rare balance between accomplished and tasteful, has led to a career few rock ‘n’ roll musicians can match. Allman Brothers. Eric Clapton. George Harrison. John Mayer. The Black Crowes. And on and on and on.

Leavell’s been with The Stones since 1982. And served as the legendary – and still potent, as fans who saw the 2015 “Zip Code Tour” will attest – band’s musical director for decades.

On Friday, Leavell, born in Birmingham and raised there, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, is being inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Fellow 2016 inductees include former Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux, producer Johnny Sandlin, Southern rockers Wet Willie and session musicians the Muscle Shoals Horns.

On Tuesday morning, Brazil time, Leavell took the time to answer the below interview questions via email.

Hi Chuck. Thanks for your time and congratulations on the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your playing and who gave you that compliment?

First, let me say it is an enormous honor to be inducted. I cherish my Alabama roots and am so grateful that Alabama is where I grew up and where I started playing music. It was a great place to learn and develop as a musician.

One friendly compliment that stands out is from Ian McLagan. As many of your readers will know, “Mac” was in the Faces with Ronnie Wood, and also played with the Stones for a while. I had never met him, but when the Stones came to Atlanta in 1981 and did an unannounced show at the Fox Theater, I was invited to sit in with them, the first time I played with the band in public. About halfway through the set, I got the signal to come up. Mac was on organ and I sat behind the piano. We were right next to each other at a 90-degree angle. We were playing a rockin’ number … I believe it was a Chuck Berry tune. [...] Continue Reading…

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Induction holds special place in Chuck Leavell’s heart

by Russ Corey – The TimesDaily, of Florence, Ala.

Keyboardist Chuck Leavell has played with some of the greatest names in rock music, from the Allman Brothers Band to the Rolling Stones; received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award; and is a respected defender of the environment.

On Friday, he will receive another award, one he said holds a special place in his heart.

Leavell, 63, is among the group of five Alabama music achievers who will be inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame during its 2016 honors and awards banquet at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence.

“It is an honor beyond words for me, truly,” Leavell said. “I so much cherish my Alabama roots. It is where I first started playing music, learning the piano from my mother. It’s where I began to listen to the songs on the radio and got excited about records. Tuscaloosa is where I formed my first band and started playing in public. Alabama was where I got serious about music, and started honing my craft. For my fellow musicians and the public in this great state to recognize me in this way means more than I can say.”

Leavell will be inducted along with the Southern rock band Wet Willie, the Muscle Shoals Horns, Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, and producer/engineer Johnny Sandlin.

Leavell has been a studio musician and performer for more than 40 years, according to his bio on his official website, chuckleavell.com.

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame Banquet another success

FLORENCE – A star-studded evening brought out a wide array of musicians, elected officials and passionate fans for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.

The 2016 class of inductees includes keyboardist Chuck Leavell, singer Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, the band Wet Willie, the Muscle Shoals Horns, and producer/engineer Johnny Sandlin.

Leavell, who is on tour in South America with the Rolling Stones, could not attend. But as a special treat, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts congratulated Leavell in a video.

“Hello, everybody,” Mick Jagger said. “How fantastic that you are inducting Chuck into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. We want to say that Chuck is just the most amazing keyboard player. He’s really worthy of this great honor that you’ve given to him.”

“Sorry he couldn’t be with you tonight,” Keith Richards said.

“It’s out fault, really,” Ronnie Wood added.

Alabama Music hall of Fame board chairman Bill Newton said in a prepare statement that having the Rolling Stones induct a new member via international video ranks as one of the more exciting episodes in the museum’s 25 years of honoring the state’s music legends.
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Paul Hornsby accepts Alabama HOF Award for Chuck

I want to give sincere thanks to my good friend and mentor, Paul Hornsby, for inducting me and accepting my Alabama Music Hall of Fame award in my absence. Paul, you are The Greatest! [...] Continue Reading…

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THE ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE FREE CONCERT IN CUBA!

The Rolling Stones will perform a groundbreaking concert in Havana, Cuba on Friday March 25, 2016. The free concert will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana and will be the first open air concert in the country by a British Rock Band. Always exploring new horizons and true pioneers of rock, the Stones, who have toured every corner of the globe, will bring their high octane performance and incredible music catalogue to the Caribbean for the first time ever.

This once-in-a-lifetime concert event follows the band’s America Latina Ole tour, which is currently receiving rave reviews, playing to huge audiences in stadiums in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre with Lima, Bogotá and Mexico City following next week. The band are also leading a musician to musician initiative in which much needed musical instruments and equipment are being donated by major suppliers for the benefit of Cuban musicians of all genres. Donors include The Gibson Foundation, Vic Firth, RS Berkeley, Pearl, Zildjian, Gretsch, Latin Percussion, Roland and BOSS with additional assistance from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.

The Rolling Stones said: “We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.”

This historical concert will no doubt have Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood mesmerizing a new audience of fans with a set packed full of classic Stones hits as well as special gems from their million selling albums.

The Rolling Stones concert, which has been in the planning stages for several months comes only days after President Barack Obama’s recently announced visit to Cuba.
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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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