Chuck Leavell to Drop Live Album May 13th
Posted by jhochstat on March 24, 2008
blog The Setlist report earlier today that Chuck Leavell has a solo album coming out May 13, “Live In Germany: The Green Leaves and Blue Notes Tour” on Evergreen Arts. Leavell did the “Green Leaves & Blue Notes Tour” in Europe after the Stones’ “A Bigger Bang” tour ended, recruiting some German musicians to accompany him. Performance on the album was recorded on Sept. 14 for the German radio station HR1. Classics on the album include “Jessica,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Rip this Joint,” Les McCann and Eddie Harris’ “Compared to What,” “Georgia,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Route 66.”
For the 7 or 8 of you who do not know who Chuck Leavell is, he played the still enthralling piano solo on the Allmans’ “Jessica,” the keyboards on Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged” and, for the last 20 years, with the Rolling Stones.
I had the chance to meet Chuck backstage at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC while he was on the New School of Gov’t Mule tour in 2001, very nice man and one of the best keyboard players around.