Chuck Leavell

Chuck Leavell
As comfortable on a tractor as a piano bench, Chuck Leavell beautifully balances three real passions in his life: family, trees and music.

Chuck Leavell is one of the most respected and sought-after piano players in modern music history, as well as one of the most dedicated and revered conservationists in the world. He joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1972 at the age of 20, and for the past three decades, he has played keyboards with the Rolling Stones.

His career both as a solo artist and as a musician with the Allmans, the Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Train and many others is among the most accomplished living keyboardists. Chuck is an inductee in both the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. His latest CD Live In Germany was released on Evergreen Arts Records in summer of 2008 and continues to circulate.

Leavell’s accomplishments as a conservationist and tree farmer are equally impressive. After studying forestry by correspondence and doing much of his homework while riding a tour bus with the Fabulous Thunderbirds in the mid ’80s, Leavell and wife Rose Lane White Leavell turned her family’s plantation near Macon, Ga., into what has become a textbook tree farm. Leavell also writes frequently about sustainability. He has coauthored three books on environmental issues, the latest of which, “Growing a Better America” (Evergreen Arts, with J. Marshall Craig), was released this spring.