SANTA BARBARA,Calif. - When Chuck Leavell is touring with The Rolling Stones he is sharing his passion for music and trees.
The award winning musician did both during a musical question and answer session at the 2017 FestForums held at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara.
Leavell said he was ready to put music aside and focus on forest conservation when the Stones called in the 1980s.
He has also perfomed with the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and David Gilmour.
But these days when he isn't touring he is working his new show called America's Forests with Chuck Leavell.
PBS has aired the first few episodes.
Leavell credits his wife's family for helping him fall in love with trees.
Rose Lane said her grandfather started planting trees in Georgia in 1947.
Both are passing on the stewardship to their children and grandchildren.
"Trees and forests give us so so much when you stop and think about it, materials to build our homes and schools and churches, materials to make books, magazines, newspapers, they clean our air, they clean our water, they provide home and shelter to all manner of wildlife these days. We are even getting energy from wood using biomass, so, it is one of the, if not the most important resource that we have, it is natural, it is organic and most importantly as long as we practivce forestry in a sustainable way we going to be alright," said Leavell.
Leavell began playing the piano at the age of 7 and his talent has allowed him to play music and visit forests around the world.
For more information visit http://www.americasforestswithchuckleavell.com