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Chuck Leavell Performs Live

Friday, August 12, 2011

Rock and roll legend Chuck Leavell, longtime keyboardist and musical director for the Rolling Stones, performs live and discusses the band, currently in negotiations for a world tour next year—2012 is the band’s 50th anniversary. He’s currently working on an album in tribute to the pioneering blues piano players that have inspired him--it's titled "Back to the Woods," and it's scheduled to be released in the fall. He’s the founder of the for-profit environmental website Mother Nature Network (www.mnn.com), and he’s also written a book, Growing a Better America: Smart, Strong, and Sustainable, about his environmental activism.

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Comments [11]

WillD4 from Hudson Valley

Join Eric in NYC is wondering where we can catch Chuck live in Manhattan?

Aug. 12 2011 03:08 PM
Roderick from Boston

Mr. Leavell is indeed a national treasure. Must have broke the mold.

Aug. 12 2011 03:05 PM
BJK from Queens

@Capper: BTW, as stated during the program, attention to the standards has always been part of their repertoire.

See: 'Love in Vain', from their 'Stripped' DVD. Beautiful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuKyPPvuRVI&nofeather=True

Aug. 12 2011 12:55 PM
BJK from Queens

I wonder if Chuck is aware of how much more exposure the Stones have received as a consequence of reaching potentially new fans via YouTube.
Judging by many of the comments seen, and the astounding number of hits for some of their now ~ 15 yr old live performances, they've established a whole new generation of fans.
As a remarkable example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCrbziy20aU

Aug. 12 2011 12:48 PM
Nick from UWS

Between his brilliant musical talent and his great support of environmental causes, Chuck Leavell is one of our finest Americans.

Aug. 12 2011 12:25 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie,NY

Grew up listening to the Allman Brothers (as well lots of other styles of music). Always great music and it still is. Thanks for the live playing.

Aug. 12 2011 12:23 PM
Eric from NYC

Where is the gig tonight?

Aug. 12 2011 12:20 PM
Nick from UWS

Holy cow....Mr Leavell is just fantastic.

Aug. 12 2011 12:20 PM
Joanna from NYC

In "Cheaper by the Dozen", but the Mother and the Father were efficiency experts.

Aug. 12 2011 12:18 PM
Capper from NYC

Off topic, but why don't the Stones, in their late age, go back to their blues roots?

I'm sure they have a wealth of material, their life experiences, that would better suit a blues production.

Less pressure to rock it out on stage.

Aug. 12 2011 12:14 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

"Jessica" by the Allman Brothers, remains my favorite rock 'n roll guitar riff of all times. I never tire of hearing it, and once learned to play most of it on my guitar taking years to learn it by ear. Even the all piano rendition sounds good. Thank you.

Aug. 12 2011 12:13 PM

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