Stones' Chuck Leavell and R.E.M.'s Mike Mills goes on tour to honours iconic Georgian musicians with Robert McDuffie

News 07/08/2019

Chuck Leavell (keyboardist/musical director for Rolling Stones) and Mike Mills (R.E.M.'s bassist) will be joining violinist Robert McDuffie later this year for a tour to honour iconic Georgian musicians.

Titled 'A Night of Georgia Music', the four-date tour will kick off on 29th September in Atlanta in Georgia. 

The trio will be playing music from famous artists like Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers Band, R.E.M., Gram Parsons, James Brown, Gregg Allman, the B-52s, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Brook Benton, Outkast as well as the Mills-composed' Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra'.

The tour will feature Mills on electric bass, guitar and piano while Leavell is on keys and McDuffie on the violin. The band will also feature John Neff and William Tonks on guitar, Patrick Ferguson on drums and Ward Stare as the conductor, along with MCS Ensemble from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University.

"What I really like about this is that we are combining two worlds, rock and roll and classical," Mills said. "The Venn diagram, I think, has a little more overlap than most people believe, so we're just trying to prove that, to combine the styles and come up with something interesting."

"All my life I've been playing dead white European male music," McDuffie joked in the trailer video. "I couldn't be more excited to perform works by these beloved contemporary songwriters." McDuffie is a Grammy-nominated perform who has played with numerous prominent orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics.

You can visit their website for the full information.