CHUCK LEAVELL CONTINUEM
I can’t just walk away from this guy. After the last post I built failed to attract interest. This man puts his heart and soul into his music, always has. He deserves so much more recognition of his accomplishments and his talents. So I’m back at it going deep for content. Chuck Leavell can take you to places that make you comfortable. And let’s face it, in this life and times, it is almost impossible to get comfortable anymore. But because Chuck has played with some real powerhouse artists such as The Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, and countless others, it’s understandable he might get a bit lost in the jet wash. But I keep seeing the things he does beyond his music and touring with bands, and I say why is the music community not bringing him to the forefront. Time is going by people. And a talent such as Chuck Leavell possesses will dwindle, and I hate the idea that I will go to my grave knowing how wonderful pianist and personality Chuck is, but my kids will never know…unless, unless I document it somewhere in the hopes my children see and become aware of who is Chuck Leavell.
BOOT AND SHOES, FT: KEITH RICHARDS 2012
PAYING IT FORWARD
Not many people know that Chuck is an avid environmentalist and nature lover, as I too once was. He has supported groups who promote tree planting and preservation. He is every bit the John Muir of the South. Chuck Leavell has also posted on-line videos to help young upcoming artists see his style and he breaks it down so those students can be made aware of his style and the styles evolution through previous artists that Chuck Learned from, and his past collaborations with people like Dicky Betts and Mick Jagger. You know, Billy Joel is the gold standard when it comes to piano. But like me, Billy is a tough New Yorker. Chuck Leavell, on the other hand exudes jovilness, a happy outlook unique to Southerners that makes him a platinum player in the world of piano. And just like James Taylor, who has a wonderful website to teach guitar skills, Chuck has great videos to help young and old piano students learn the fun behind the piano. I myself am a tremendous fan of great guitarists. Eric Clapton, a snake charmer who can hypnotize a viewer with his fretwork and strumming style, and James Taylor has no equal when you watch him pick a tune on his acoustic axe. And there is Joe Walsh…perfection. All these guys, they do it for themselves, but you damn well know they do it to put a smile on our faces and a song in our hearts. And just like Ray Charles paid it forward to a young Chuck Leavell, so do all the artists I mentioned. It is as I say, just drive the truck, and the fame and money will follow. In other words if you do what is your passion and you never falter, fame and fortune will one day be yours. I wish I had. But I got lost in the so-called, ” reality of life”. If you are a lover of rhythm and Blues, fusion jazz, and boogie wooie piano,as am I, please program your Pandora to Mr Chuck Leavell, or checkup his YouTube videos. I promise you won’t be sorry you
CHUCK LEAVELL AND JON MAYER, WISH ME WELL