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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.

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 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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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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