America’s Forests in Minnesota / Chuck Leavell in Duluth

Famed musician Chuck Leavell visited Duluth on March 29 to record a performance of the Bob Dylan song “Like a Rolling Stone” with the Duluth band Big Wave Dave and the Ripples at Sacred Heart Music Center. The collaboration was for the closing segment of the 10th episode of the television series America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell. Embedded above is the full episode, which recently aired on select PBS stations, but not in Duluth. Another video, isolating just the music performance, is embedded below.

In the Minnesota episode, Leavell snowmobiles through a boreal forest, meets people who are restoring the pines along Lake Superior to their former glory, and explores what’s being done by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to protect Minnesota’s moose population.

Leavell has been the primary keyboardist and music director for the Rolling Stones since 1982 and has also worked with Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band and others. Additionally, he is a conservationist, environmentalist, author and tree farmer. His TV series celebrates how forest habitats enhance the well-being and economic health of communities across the country. From architects to artists, from climbers to carpenters, each episode shines a light on individuals and their love and concern for the woods around them.

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