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Rock meets classical as Mike Mills, Chuck Leavell, and Robert McDuffie perform songs about Georgia, for Georgia
A Night of Georgia Music will feature fresh instrumental versions of classic Georgia-themed hits ranging from “Georgia on My Mind” and “Midnight Train to Georgia” to “Hey Ya!” and “One Way Out” and revisits the original six-movement Mike Mills Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra.
On the heels of the Stones’ Latin American tour, Rose Lane Leavell, 67, chatted about her glam life as the “go-to girl backstage,” where she helps wrangle band members and assists with hair and makeup.
“Alex was, first and foremost, a fan,” recalls Chuck Leavell.
If, as Bill Gates famously declared of the Internet, content is king, then people like Matt Crenshaw are its field marshals. The president of Atlanta-based digital news outlet Mother Nature Network spends his time parsing web traffic trends, search engine performance, and social media engagement to help MNN.com and its sister site, TreeHugger.com, capture a combined 10 million unique visitors per month.
Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell began his music career as a tagalong kid brother on his older sister’s date to a Ray Charles gig in Tuscaloosa in 1965. “I was 13 and my parents had something else going on that night,” Leavell recalled to Atlanta magazine this week from his 2500-acre tree farm in Macon. “So they said, ‘Why don’t you take Chuck with you?’ She graciously said yes. I was already playing music, learning piano and guitar. I was very interested in music. But I had never seen anything that powerful. I mean, Ray Charles is Ray Charles but then he had [David] Fathead Newman on sax, the Raelettes were singing. The band was just so tight. I walked away that night knowing exactly what I wanted to do with my life. If I could be in a band that was anything near that good and that powerful and that moving, that’s what I wanted to do. It was life changing.”