Chuck's doc is now available starting today. Should be good.
Finally caught this --- watch it if you haven't yet --- streaming free with a sub to Amazon Prime.
I knew the guy was prolific, but had no idea to the extent and breadth of great musicians he's played with over the years, let alone his climb to world class in his trade as a forester.
Harrison, Clapton, Gilmour, Rait, Eric Church, etc.
And his wife sure seems amazingly loving and supportive
Humans like Chuck are rare breeds, indeed
And if you haven't read Chuck's autobiography, definitely do that. I hadn't read it in a few years and I recently did. I forgot how good that book is.
You got to go to hell before you get to Heaven.
@islalala: You pretty much summed up everything I think about the documentary. I DVR'd it off of AXS and watched it over the last two nights. It's a full two hours. You'll come away thinking that Chuck is both an amazing musician and an amazing man. One never stops to think how important trees are in our lives. They house us and they give us the oxygen we breath.
From a musical standpoint, what stood out to me the most was Mick Jagger's comments. Chuck keeps a very detailed notebook of every tune the Stones play, how they play it, and he's been doing that for many years. Mick: "You wouldn't think that's a big deal, but let me tell you, it is. To have someone in the band who remembers how we played that song, every night, and how we can change it up and make it better." Chuck is also the guy who said to the Stones, "Look, we've been playing the same setlist every night. You've got a huge catalog. Let's delve deeper into it and change things up." In other words, he challenged them and that influence has been very big in keeping the live Stones interesting.
And it doesn't end with the Stones. I never knew Chuck played on The Black Crowes' Shake Your Money Maker or on hits by Train. He improves everything he gets his hands on be it music or the forest. I also was impressed at how emotional Chuck got when talking about his wife Rose Lane and what she's meant to him over the many years they've been together. She was an office worker at Capricorn Records back in the day, the first person you saw when you walked in the door. Chuck: "I finally got up the nerve to ask her out and the rest is history."
Watch this thing if you get the chance.
And the song in concert with nice close ups of Chuck's hands in 1986 in Nashville.
One glaring quote from this documentary that stands out enough that I had to post here once again: Eric Clapton talked about Chuck Leavell's time in his band and how significant his contributions were. Clapton also said, "I'm interested in anyone who has any connection to The Allman Brothers." Why Thank You, Mr. Clapton, from a big fan.
@robslob Listen carefully to Chuck's piano on the outstanding LIVE version of Ramblin' Man. Chuck doesn't get a solo but he is leading the band and playing Dickey's notes with him at the changes. Chuck Leavell is an outstanding musician!