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Chuck Leavell Plays Ray Charles
Chuck Leavell Plays Ray Charles
Published: 2012/04/16
Channel: Snorre Wik
Chuck Leavell "Statesboro Blues" piano instruction excerpt
Chuck Leavell "Statesboro Blues" piano instruction excerpt
Published: 2009/08/05
Channel: DownhomeTraces
Chuck Leavell-CBS Sunday Morning
Chuck Leavell-CBS Sunday Morning
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: Rodney Rowland
Chuck Leavell at Bama Theatre  1080p
Chuck Leavell at Bama Theatre 1080p
Published: 2013/11/28
Channel: Jerry W. Henry
Chuck Leavell - Back To The Woods - Full Album - ( 2012 )
Chuck Leavell - Back To The Woods - Full Album - ( 2012 )
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: flavio luis
Jessica (12.29.15 Atlanta, GA)
Jessica (12.29.15 Atlanta, GA)
Published: 2016/01/07
Channel: Widespread Panic
"Jessica" Live - Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramblett, Steve Watson, Paul Riddle and more
"Jessica" Live - Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramblett, Steve Watson, Paul Riddle and more
Published: 2012/04/06
Channel: Brian Kelly
Chuck Leavell performs "Honky Tonk Women" with Gov. Sonny Perdue on cowbell
Chuck Leavell performs "Honky Tonk Women" with Gov. Sonny Perdue on cowbell
Published: 2013/06/01
Channel: DownhomeTraces
The Allman Brothers Band - Jessica - 7/12/1986 - Starwood Amphitheatre (Official)
The Allman Brothers Band - Jessica - 7/12/1986 - Starwood Amphitheatre (Official)
Published: 2014/09/11
Channel: Allman Brothers on MV
Chuck Leavell Statesboro Blues
Chuck Leavell Statesboro Blues
Published: 2016/11/08
Channel: Fred Harris
Chuck Leavell Interview
Chuck Leavell Interview
Published: 2011/04/18
Channel: SterlingMicrophones
Eric Clapton Unplugged Live "Alberta" piano lesson with Chuck Leavell
Eric Clapton Unplugged Live "Alberta" piano lesson with Chuck Leavell
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: irocku
Chuck Leavell "Jessica" piano instruction excerpt
Chuck Leavell "Jessica" piano instruction excerpt
Published: 2007/04/05
Channel: basicallyfrightened
Allman Brothers
Allman Brothers' Chuck Leavell Pens Tribute to Gregg Allman
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: life for life
Blues Piano Lesson - Chuck Leavell
Blues Piano Lesson - Chuck Leavell's Blues Scale
Published: 2015/05/12
Channel: irocku
The Black Crowes - Jealous Guy with Chuck Leavell on keybords (live in Atlanta)
The Black Crowes - Jealous Guy with Chuck Leavell on keybords (live in Atlanta)
Published: 2011/03/07
Channel: Paolo Ceritano
Chuck Leavell Keyboardist for the Rolling Stones
Chuck Leavell Keyboardist for the Rolling Stones
Published: 2014/05/02
Channel: USA TODAY
Betts, Hall, Leavell and Trucks - Southbound - 5/7/1983 - Capitol Theatre (Official)
Betts, Hall, Leavell and Trucks - Southbound - 5/7/1983 - Capitol Theatre (Official)
Published: 2014/09/11
Channel: Allman Brothers on MV
Chuck Leavell - "Georgia On My Mind" Solo
Chuck Leavell - "Georgia On My Mind" Solo
Published: 2008/09/07
Channel: MUSIC in ATLANTA
CHUCK LEAVELL- FOREVER BLUE (JAZZ,PIANO)
CHUCK LEAVELL- FOREVER BLUE (JAZZ,PIANO)
Published: 2011/08/02
Channel: cora mina
Chuck Leavell Piano Exercises: Masterclass NYC Teachers
Chuck Leavell Piano Exercises: Masterclass NYC Teachers
Published: 2014/09/11
Channel: irocku
Rolling Stones’ Chuck Leavell At Home On Twiggs County Tree Farm
Rolling Stones’ Chuck Leavell At Home On Twiggs County Tree Farm
Published: 2015/03/13
Channel: Georgia Farm Monitor
Wild Horses Chuck Leavell and Michelle Malone (Rolling Stones Cover) [VIDEO]
Wild Horses Chuck Leavell and Michelle Malone (Rolling Stones Cover) [VIDEO]
Published: 2015/10/18
Channel: Michelle Malone Music
Chuck Leavell plays Jessica
Chuck Leavell plays Jessica
Published: 2015/12/10
Channel: Broadview Media
Sea Level - Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramblett & Davis Causey
Sea Level - Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramblett & Davis Causey
Published: 2008/09/07
Channel: MUSIC in ATLANTA
Chuck Leavell - Love of the Land
Chuck Leavell - Love of the Land
Published: 2008/10/24
Channel: Mother Nature
Chuck Leavell - Even Santa Gets The Blues
Chuck Leavell - Even Santa Gets The Blues
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: Nikola Olear
Rolling Stones in Atlanta - with Chuck Leavell
Rolling Stones in Atlanta - with Chuck Leavell
Published: 2015/06/10
Channel: Steve Bekkerus
Allman Brothers . Stormy Monday with Chuck Leavell PT1
Allman Brothers . Stormy Monday with Chuck Leavell PT1
Published: 2008/04/28
Channel: youranusjonesjr
Sitting in Limbo with Jimmy Cliff & Chuck Leavell (Lockn 2015, 09.12.15)
Sitting in Limbo with Jimmy Cliff & Chuck Leavell (Lockn 2015, 09.12.15)
Published: 2015/09/30
Channel: Widespread Panic
Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) Australian Musician interview Part One
Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) Australian Musician interview Part One
Published: 2014/11/14
Channel: Australian Musician
Chuck Leavell with  The Randall Bramblett Band ~ Living In A Dream
Chuck Leavell with The Randall Bramblett Band ~ Living In A Dream
Published: 2010/04/19
Channel: susea
The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women (Live) - OFFICIAL
The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women (Live) - OFFICIAL
Published: 2012/07/07
Channel: The Rolling Stones
Chuck Leavell Performing "chopin
Chuck Leavell Performing "chopin's prelude in E minor"
Published: 2007/11/10
Channel: marco90u
Southbound HR1 CHUCK LEAVELL
Southbound HR1 CHUCK LEAVELL
Published: 2011/09/05
Channel: crow926
Chuck Leavell, Mempho Music Festival 2017
Chuck Leavell, Mempho Music Festival 2017
Published: 2017/09/12
Channel: Mempho Fest
Chuck Leavell on MSNBC
Chuck Leavell on MSNBC
Published: 2009/04/23
Channel: MNNNETWORK
Chuck Leavell interview - Allman Brother or the 6th Stone?
Chuck Leavell interview - Allman Brother or the 6th Stone?
Published: 2013/05/18
Channel: futsal1958
Chuck Leavell
Chuck Leavell 'Route 66' @ the Georgia Theatre 8 2 11 www.AthensRockShow.com
Published: 2011/08/03
Channel: Daniel Peiken
Steve Tyrell: Hound Dog feat. Chuck Leavell
Steve Tyrell: Hound Dog feat. Chuck Leavell
Published: 2015/02/10
Channel: Concord Music
Col. Bruce Hampton
Col. Bruce Hampton's 70th - "Time is Free" w John Bell, Chuck Leavell..@ Fox Theatre, Atlanta 5.1.17
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: PatHatcher
TEDxAtlanta - Chuck Leavell - Performance
TEDxAtlanta - Chuck Leavell - Performance
Published: 2011/10/07
Channel: TEDx Talks
Chuck Leavell performs Random Act of Culture for NEA Chairman - Georgia on my Mind
Chuck Leavell performs Random Act of Culture for NEA Chairman - Georgia on my Mind
Published: 2012/05/09
Channel: MaconSymphony
IROCKU- Chuck Leavell
IROCKU- Chuck Leavell's Rock Piano Lessons
Published: 2013/08/13
Channel: irocku
Watson
Watson's Riddle feat. Chuck Leavell - In The Moment
Published: 2011/10/15
Channel: Stereophile1MKD2
Rolling Stones Chuck Leavell with Suspicious Package @ White House Correspondents Jam
Rolling Stones Chuck Leavell with Suspicious Package @ White House Correspondents Jam
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: TheBigSovereign
Chuck Leavell - Interview - 11/4/1984 - Rock Influence (Official)
Chuck Leavell - Interview - 11/4/1984 - Rock Influence (Official)
Published: 2014/09/25
Channel: Docs&Interviews on MV
Chuck Leavell, Bernard Fowler, Tim Ries, Honky Tonk Women @ Martyrs
Chuck Leavell, Bernard Fowler, Tim Ries, Honky Tonk Women @ Martyrs's Chicago 6/24/15
Published: 2015/06/25
Channel: Craig Posen
Chuck Leavell solo piano medley
Chuck Leavell solo piano medley
Published: 2007/11/09
Channel: marco90u
Sterling Audio | Chuck Leavell Interview
Sterling Audio | Chuck Leavell Interview
Published: 2011/12/06
Channel: Woodwind & Brasswind
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Chuck Leavell
Chuck Leavell in 2009.jpg
Leavell in 2009
Background information
Birth name Charles Alfred Leavell
Born (1952-04-28) April 28, 1952 (age 65)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Genres Blues rock, jazz rock, jazz fusion, Southern rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Keyboards, vocals
Years active 1969–present
Labels Capricorn
Associated acts The Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones, David Gilmour, John Mayer, The Black Crowes, Sea Level, Eric Clapton, Gov't Mule, Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Roots
Website chuckleavell.com

Charles Alfred Leavell (born April 28, 1952) is an American musician, who was a member of the Allman Brothers Band during the height of their 1970s popularity, a founding member of the jazz-rock combo Sea Level, a frequently employed session musician, and longtime touring sideman with The Rolling Stones. Leavell has also toured and recorded with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Gov't Mule and John Mayer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Leavell is a mostly self-taught musician. He started on piano, learning some basics from his mother, Frances Leavell. The Leavell family moved from Birmingham to Montgomery, Alabama when he was five, then back to Birmingham for a few years, finally settling in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1962. He learned to play guitar from his cousin, Winston Leavell, and played tuba in junior high for two years. He started his first band, The Misfitz, in 1966. The Misfitz played a steady gig at the YMCA every Friday night, and eventually were the band for a Saturday morning television show, Tuscaloosa Bandstand. After the breakup of the Misfitz, Leavell did session work, and found himself on his first gold record, a single by Freddie North called "Don't Take Her She's All I've Got". Leavell also sought out other local musicians to play with and joined The South Camp in 1968. That band included his early mentor, Paul Hornsby, who had played in The Hour Glass, a precursor to The Allman Brothers Band.

In 1969, Hornsby moved to Macon, Georgia to work for Capricorn Records as a studio musician and producer, eventually producing such artists as The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie and others. At Hornsby's suggestion, Leavell came to Macon and helped form Sundown, which recorded one record on the Ampex label in 1970. That band broke up shortly thereafter, and Leavell found himself doing session work at Capricorn and eventually was tapped to tour with Alex Taylor, James Taylor's elder brother. Leavell recorded one record with Taylor, Dinnertime, which was released in 1972. Leavell continued to tour with Taylor for a short time afterwards. When Taylor had a falling out with his manager and the founder of Capricorn, Phil Walden, and quit touring, Leavell found himself playing with Dr. John. Leavell claims this was his "college education."

While playing with Dr. John, Leavell caught the attention of Gregg Allman, who tapped him to play on his first solo album, the Johnny Sandlin-produced Laid Back. Allman and Sandlin introduced the rest of the Allman Brothers Band to Leavell, and Leavell joined the band in September 1972, when they decided not to recreate their dual lead guitar sound after the death of Duane Allman, who had died the previous October, but rather to use a different instrument as the second lead. Leavell's work was most prominent on the band's popular 1973 album Brothers and Sisters, and in particular on the heavily played instrumental "Jessica." However, only one studio album, 1975's Win, Lose or Draw, followed, again with Leavell's ebullient piano and keyboard work featured, but with the band in chaos, and on the brink of destruction.

Leavell with Sea Level

In 1973, Leavell married Rose Lane White, who was working as a staff member at Capricorn Records. The Allmans toured heavily behind Brother and Sisters, playing stadiums and breaking records for attendance in many venues across the country. Leavell also appeared on a live record with the band, Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas during this era as well as subsequent compilations, live performances and re-releases in later years. During the mid-1970s Leavell also appeared on Dickey Betts's first solo record, Highway Call. In addition during this time, he made multiple contributions on several other Capricorn artists' recordings like Bobby Whitlock, Bonnie Bramlett, The Marshall Tucker Band, Cowboy and more as well as recordings outside the Capricorn family with Tim Weisberg, Charlie Daniels and others. The Allmans found themselves in turmoil in 1976, and broke up that year. Later the band re-formed, but without Leavell as he had moved on to form his own band, Sea Level in late 1976.

While opening shows for The Allman Brothers Band with The Allman Brothers' bass guitarist Lamar Williams and drummer Jaimoe, Leavell stepped up as a frontman for the first time in his career. After The Allman Brothers Band disbanded in May 1976, the trio added guitarist Jimmy Nalls and set about touring behind the moniker Sea Level, derived from Leavell's first initial and last name. The group lasted five years and released as many albums, each featuring a different configuration of the group.

Leavell's first encounters with The Rolling Stones were auditions on Long View Farm for the spot of piano player alongside Ian Stewart for the Rolling Stones 1981 United States tour. Even though Ian McLagan was chosen, Leavell guested at the Rolling Stones' Atlanta gig on October 26, 1981. For the 1982 European Tour Leavell landed the position of keyboardist alongside Ian Stewart. Leavell continued to record with the Stones on their next two albums, during a time when the band was not touring. After Stewart's death in 1985, Leavell occupied the role of the group's keyboardist by himself, with the exception of the addition of Matt Clifford on the Steel Wheels record and tour. He has continued to tour and record with The Rolling Stones ever since, as well as recording with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on solo projects. The Stones' most recent studio recording was in 2012, Doom and Gloom. He continued to go on tour with The Rolling Stones, as of 2006, as part of their record-grossing A Bigger Bang Tour.[2] He served as the unofficial "musical director" for the band and devised each night's set list with Mick Jagger.[3] "It's my job to keep Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie all happy", Leavell stated on his web page.

In addition to his work with The Rolling Stones, Leavell has worked with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Gov't Mule, Train, Tinsley Ellis, The Black Crowes, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Montgomery Gentry, John Mayer, Miranda Lambert amongst many others in the studio and on the road, in addition to recording five solo albums.

In 2003, Leavell participated in the annual improvisational musical experiment known as Zambiland Orchestra in Atlanta.

Leavell was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He is also a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. In an April 2007 radio interview on WOR-AM, Leavell said his three favorite contributions to songs in his career were "Jessica" with The Allman Brothers Band, "Old Love" on Eric Clapton's Unplugged, Out of Tears on The Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge, and Drops of Jupiter by Train.

In 2011, Leavell played on John Mayer's album Born and Raised which was released in May 2012, reaching Number One on the Billboard Chart.

In February 2012, he and the other existing members of the Allman Brothers Band received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to his time in the band from 1972-1976, Leavell performed two shows with the reunited Allman Brothers Band in 1986. Since 2001, he has performed as a guest pianist at more than a dozen Allman Brothers Band concerts, including multiple shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Left to Right: Ray Reach, Chuck Leavell and Peter Wolf at the 2008 BAMA Awards in Birmingham, Alabama

Leavell enjoys "giving back" to the community of his birth. In 1992, he played on a record titled "Mr. President", which was produced by noted Birmingham jazz keyboardist and vocalist Ray Reach for the purpose of raising money for the homeless in the Birmingham area. Leavell and several other well-known Alabama musicians (including Wayne Perkins, Chuck Tilley, Charlie Hayward, and Kelley O'Neal) donated their time for this project.

On March 20, 2008, Leavell was given a BAMA Award (Birmingham Area Music Award) for his contributions to the Birmingham, Alabama musical heritage. The 2008 BAMA Awards ceremony was held at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (in the historic Carver Theatre in the Birmingham Civil Rights District). Leavell performed at this ceremony, accompanied by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars directed by Ray Reach. Also, at the same ceremony, a BAMA Award was bestowed upon keyboardist/producer Peter Wolf.

Leavell makes time to involve himself with other causes, and in 2008 performed with a supergroup which opened for Chuck Berry in Boston. The concert raised money for artists struggling with addiction. Leavell also serves on the Georgia Commission for Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons.

In 2013, Leavell was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Pinetop Perkins Piano Player' category.[4] Leavell is the celebrity spokesperson for Sealevel Systems, Inc.[5]

Tree farmer and conservationist[edit]

In addition to his musical career, Leavell is a tree farmer in Twiggs County outside Macon, Georgia, an occupation that began when his wife, Rose Lane Leavell, inherited land in the early 1980s. Together they created Charlane Plantation, now a 2500-acre award-winning Tree Farm and hunting preserve. The Leavells are two-time Georgia Tree Farmers of the Year, and were selected as National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year in 1999. They are staunch supporters of sustainable forestry, conservation and environmental protection. Chuck wrote his first book, Forever Green: The History and Hope of The American Forest in 2000. His autobiography, Between Rock and a Home Place was published in 2005, and is acclaimed as one of the best rock autobiographies ever published. In 2006, Leavell wrote a children's book, The Tree Farmer. His most recent book is Growing A Better America: Smart, Strong, Sustainable. The theme of which is "smart" growth. It has been called one of the best "common sense environmental books of all time".

Leavell was appointed by former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to the Georgia Land Conservation Council in 2008. He has also served on the Boards of The American Forest Foundation, The United States Endowment for Forestry and Communities and other influential non-profits and makes frequent trips to Washington, D.C. to discuss forestry and environmental policy matters with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. In February 2012, the same month he received the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, he was given an Honorary Forest Ranger award from the United States Forest Service. He has stated that he reveres both of these honors equally.

Leavell and Joel Babbit are the co-founders of The Mother Nature Network, an environmental news and information website that launched in January 2009. The site has grown to be the most visited independent environmental website in the world.[citation needed] Leavell serves as Director of Environmental Affairs, and sits on the board of directors for the company. He hosts two video series on mnn.com: "Love of the Land," in which he discusses sustainability and conservation issues, and "In The Green Room," a series in which he interviews fellow celebrities about the environment and their philanthropic work.[6]

Selected discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • (1996) A Homemade Christmas From Charlane Plantation
  • (1998) What's in That Bag?
  • (2001) Forever Blue: Solo Piano
  • (2005) Southscape
  • (2007) Live In Germany-Green Leaves and Blue Notes Tour
  • (2012) Back To The Woods: A Tribute To The Pioneers of Blues Piano

Richard Betts[edit]

The Black Crowes[edit]

Eric Clapton[edit]

Gov't Mule[edit]

Alex Taylor[edit]

The Allman Brothers Band[edit]

Sea Level[edit]

The Rolling Stones[edit]

John Mayer[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Leavell, Chuck, with Mary Welch. Forever Green: The History and Hope of the American Forest. Evergreen Arts, 2001. ISBN 0-86554-900-1.
  • Leavell, Chuck, with J. Marshall Craig. Between Rock and a Home Place. Mercer University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-86554-975-3.
  • Leavell, Chuck. Chuck Leavell: Piano Instruction, Vol. 1 (DVD) 2005.
  • Leavell, Chuck, Nicholas Cravotta, and Rebecca Bleau. The Tree Farmer. VSP Books, 2005. ISBN 1-893622-16-9.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saulnier, Jason (April 8, 2010). "Chuck Leavell Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ O'Malley Greenburg, Zach (August 26, 2011). "Chuck Leavell: The Rolling Stone Who Gathers Moss". Forbes. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ LEAVELL, CHUCK; JOAN RAYMOND (January 8, 2008). "Rolling? We're More Like the Flying Stones". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees – 2013 – 34th Blues Music Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  5. ^ O'Hanlan, Tom. "Chuck Leavell to Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy". Sealevel Systems, Inc. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "A Rolling Stone Goes 'Green' | Video". ABC News. March 16, 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 

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