It's good to have friends, especially talented ones. And when you're Chuck Leavell, keyboardist and music director for the Rolling Stones, the level of talent is off the charts.
For a recent jam session in Washington, D.C., Leavell pulled together an impromptu band of musicians, each impressive in their own right: Mike Mills, the co-founder and bass player for R.E.M.; John Bell, the lead singer of Widespread Panic; and Paul Riddle, drummer and founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band. For the occasion, they played under an apt name: Phil and the Busters.
The rollicking set was part of the White House Correspondents' Jam, a party thrown by MNN the night before the famous White House Correspondents' dinner, showcasing the second love of many a journalist — music.
As you can see in the opener — "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" — and the other videos below, Phil and the Busters aren't too shabby.
"Hope in a Hopeless World"
"Jumpin’ Jack Flash"
In addition to the more famous musicians, the event featured those more well known for their prose, including Carl Hulse of The New York Times, who played with his band, the Native Makers. Also on stage were David Remnick of The New Yorker with The Sequoias, Steve Liesman of CNBC with The Mooncussers and Brian Dumaine of Fortune with The Prowlers. (And yes, we'll be posting videos of all the bands soon!)