It's gonna be all about Chuck Leavell

I will completely dedicate the new album to my idol Chuck Leavell. Chuck's musical career is extremely impressive: The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers or John Mayer are just some of the bands that Chuck has worked with in the studio or in concert.

When I first saw and heard Chuck when I was about 11, I immediately knew that this was really a special musician. I studied his music, his albums and his biography, which made Chuck an idol for me. I have since been lucky enough to personally meet Chuck 5 times, including in the backstage area of big Rolling Stones concerts in Lausanne, Zürich or London.

With the new album, I want to honor Chuck's life's work and newly record some of his best works with the bands named above as well as selected songs from his solo career. On all the tracks, the piano in Chuck's style should be right at the front – the recordings shall feature both his virtuoso method of accompaniment as well as some of his legendary piano solos.