If you’re a Rolling Stones fan, listen up: Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for the group, is coming to Winston-Salem on Friday, Nov. 11. You can catch him beginning at 8 p.m. at the city’s newest venue, The Barn at Reynolda Village, 2201 Reynolda Road. Advance tickets are $25, $30 at the door. Click here for more details.
From the Winston-Salem Journal’s Relish:
“Chuck Leavell started playing keyboards for the Allman Brothers Band when he was 20 years old. But a decade later his career stalled. He told his wife that he was thinking about scaling back his music work to focus on tree farming.
“I was venting to her a little bit, saying I’m never gonna quit music, but nothing’s happening, the phone’s not ringing,” he said from Las Vegas. “I think it’s best for me to maybe focus on the land here. She listened patiently, and then at the end of all that she said, ‘Well that’s interesting, Chuck, but guess what: The Rolling Stones called you today.’”
Working for the Stones and other legendary performers revitalized his career and allowed him to pursue both of his passions: music and tree farming. Leavell, 64, will bring both to Winston-Salem next week, focusing on his environmental work in events at Wake Forest University on Thursday, then playing a solo concert Friday night in The Barn at Reynolda Village.
He was in Vegas performing with the Stones in the wake of their appearance at the Desert Trip festival alongside Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, the Who and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. He also played keyboards on the Stones’ first new studio album in more than a decade, “Blue and Lonesome,” scheduled for release in December.
He performed with the Stones during their first ever concert in Cuba in March.
“It reminded me very much of when the Stones played in 1990 in the city of Prague,” Leavell said.”
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