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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 on keys in “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes

Chuck Leavell, Gregg Allman and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to celebrate music of Georgia

Another nice piece from Access Atlanta’s Melissa Ruggieri:

The music of Georgia will receive a special celebration next month – and Chuck Leavell, Gregg Allman, Randall Bramblett and others will be on hand for the honors.

At 8 p.m. Jan. 18, “Celebrating Georgia with Chuck Leavell and Friends” will be presented at Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.

The performance is affiliated with the Georgia Roots Music Festival, the one-day event celebrating Georgia’s extensive musical heritage that takes place from noon-6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Woodruff.

For the evening concert, Leavell, known for his work with the Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones among many others, will be joined by Allman, Bramblett, Jimmy Hall, Robert McDuffie and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jacomo Bairos. The performance will pay homage to Georgia native Otis Redding.

Tickets for the musical celebration are $29-$89.50 and are on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 13. They can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com, as well aswww.atlantasymphony.org, at the Woodruff box office or by calling 404-733-5000.

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Access Atlanta on the upcoming Gregg Allman tribute show

Melissa Ruggieri of Access Atlanta has this brief writeup of the upcoming Gregg Allman tribute show at the Fox Theatre:

The Gregg Allman tribute concert already lined with superstars just added a few more notable names to the performance list.

Vince Gill, Dr. John and Chuck Leavell will join the previously announced Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan, Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph and many others, including, of course The Allman Brothers Band.

Leavell will be part of the all-star backing band for the show, which will be led by Allman pal Don Was. Joining keyboardist Leavell, who has a long history with the Allman Brothers and the Rolling Stones, are drummer Kenny Aronoff and guitarists Jack Pearson and Audley Freed.

The sold-out concert takes place Jan. 10 at the Fox Theatre and will be filmed to air on AXS TV in May.

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“Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live” reviewed on SunHerald.com

Ricky Flake reviewed the latest live DVD from the Rolling Stones over on SunHerald.com:

‘Sweet Summer Sun-Hyde Park Live,’ The Rolling Stones (Eagle Rock Entertainment, HHHH 1/2)

This Nov. 12 DVD/Blu-ray release presents the Stones back in Britain’s Hyde Park for the first time since the 1969 performance where young Mick Taylor was introduced as the Stones’ new guitarist. That late-’60s show was greatly limited by the sound equipment of the time; this one is high tech and sounds remarkable, even if Keith has lost his “high lonesome voice” and Mick sometimes seems to bark rather than sing.

This package comes from two outdoor shows featuring Mick, Keith, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts doing what they do best, along with new bassist Daryl Jones, old saxophone buddy Bobby Keys, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, backing vocalists Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler and more.

My favorites include one of the best openers ever, “Start Me Up,” a reverent run through “Ruby Tuesday,” Keith’s vocal turn on “You Got the Silver,” and Mick Taylor’s guest spot on “Midnight Rambler.”

Lisa does a good job singing Merry Clayton’s studio star turn on “Gimme Shelter” without direct copying. The Stones could’ve thrown in a few more tunes if they’d eschewed the long endings. However, this show is a lot better than two Superdome shows from my past, so I’m happy.

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ASO & Georgia Humanities Council to Present GEORGIA ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL, 1/18

via BroadwayWorld.com:

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and University of West Georgia Center for Public History, will present the Georgia Roots Music Festival on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center.

This free, one-day event celebrating Georgia’s extensive and diverse musical heritage will include concerts, discussions, exhibits, and opportunities to interact and perform with festival artists from different genres, such as gospel, string band, bluegrass, country, blues, R&B, folk, immigrant music, and more.

The Georgia Roots Music Festival will mark the culmination of an 18-month state tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, which includes visual displays and interactive features exploring the early traditions of American music. The exhibit will be displayed at the Woodruff Arts Center beginning January 18, 2014.

The Georgia Roots Music Festival is sponsored by Chuck and Rose Lane Leavell, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Council for the Arts, The Riverview Foundation, and Mr. And Mrs . Brad Turner. [...] Continue Reading…

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Chuck and Rose Lane Leavell featured in The Land Report Magazine

The Holiday 2013 issue of The Magazine of the American Landowner is now available featuring 2013 Legacy Landowners Rose Lane and Chuck Leavell. Best known as the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, Chuck has spent decades studying and practicing timber management on their Charlane Plantation in Middle Georgia. Rose Lane’s family has owned land in the Peach State since the 18th century, and together the two have created an amazingly diverse operation that offers artistic and photographic retreats; quail, turkey, and deer hunting; and an ever expanding timber operation.

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Vintage Guitar reviews new Michael Lee Firkins record with Chuck on keys

Vintage Guitar magazine has a nice writeup about Michael Lee Firkins’ newest record Yep, featuring Chuck Leavell on keys:

In 1990, Michael Lee Firkins’ first album made a monstrous splash in the guitar community. His soulful use of the tremolo bar showcased a signature style that has morphed to encompass more traditional guitar techniques.

Yep is a Southern-rock opus 10 years in the making, with Firkins as producer, guitarist, and vocalist. His band includes bassist Andy Hess, drummers Michael Bland and Matt Abts, and Chuck Leavell on keys.

Simmering in soulful flavor, the album begins with the honky-tonk of “Golden Oldie Jam” with great bar-room piano from Leavell and slippery slide from Firkins. “Cajun Boogie” takes us to the swamp with its gutsy slide tones and grooving second-line drumming.

“No More Angry Man” features Firkins’ reso-tele (a resonator cone inside a Telecaster body) to great affect. “Out Of Season” is a way-back machine to a time when Southern rock shared the air waves with pop music of the ’70s.

With Gregg-Allman-style vocals, Yep travels that dirty backroad between Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, and Black Crowes. Firkins has crafted a singer/songwriter album with exquisite production and luxurious guitar playing.

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Vince Gill, Dr. John and Chuck Leavell Join Atlanta Gregg Allman Tribute

Jambands.com has this bit of news on Chuck’s gig with Gregg Allman early next month in Atlanta:

Vince Gill, Dr. John and Chuck Leavell have joined the lineup for All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman.The all-star concert will take place on Friday, January 10, 2014 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. The sold out event, honoring the legendary singer, songwriter and musician, will also be filmed to air on AXSTV in May 2014.

Other confirmed acts include: The Allman Brothers Band, Trace Adkins, Jackson Browne, Eric Church, Natalie Cole, Brantley Gilbert, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jaimoe, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan, Sam Moore, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Don Was and Widespread Panic. Leavell will perform as part of all-star band Was has put together for the evening. The band will also feature Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty, John Mellencamp), Jack Pearson and Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow).

Both both Leavell and Pearson are former members of The Allman Brothers Band. Dr. John also has a long history with Allman and recently appeared on his album Low Country Blues. “Allman will also join Leavell at Atlanta Symphony Hall on January 18.

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