Chuck Leavell


Chuck Leavell


Chuck Leavell is an acclaimed musician, conservationist, and forester. He was a co-founder of the website Mother Nature Network and became Treehugger's editor-at-large in 2020.


Leavell’s keyboard work has been heard on the works of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, the Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, Martina McBride, John Mayer, David Gilmour, and many other prominent artists. His association with the Stones began back in 1982 and is still going strong. He is heard on their most recent Grammy-winning record, "Blue and Lonesome," and has served as their musical director for more than 20 years.

Leavell is also an artist in his own right, with several successful solo CDs in circulation, the latest of which is "Chuck Gets Big" on BMG Records, with a 17-piece big band. He is also the co-founder of IROCKU, a rock and blues piano instructional website.

In 1981, Leavell and his wife, Rose Lane Leavell, inherited a thousand acres from Rose's grandmother. They decided to grow trees for long term sustainable forestry on the land. In 1999, after years of hard work, they were selected out of over 64,000 forestland owners as the Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year. They have been expanding and improving the farm ever since.

In 2012, Leavell received the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award with the Allman Brothers Band. Shortly thereafter, he was named an Honorary Ranger by the US Forest Service, of which he said, “This means every bit as much to me as that Grammy did a couple of weeks ago.”

Today, Leavell is the host of the PBS series "America's Forests with Chuck Leavell." His documentary entitled “Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man” will be released in late 2020. 


  • "Forever Green: The History and Hope of the American Forest" (Evergreen Arts, 2001)
  • "Between Rock and a Home Place" (Mercer University Press, 2004)
  • "The Tree Farmer" (VSP Books, 2005)
  • "Growing A Better America: Smart, Strong, Sustainable" (Evergreen Arts, 2011)


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