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“If you put a gun to my head, I am a registered Democrat,” Mr. Leavell says. “But I have given fundraisers for [Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican], and he’s a friend.”

In January, Mr. Leavell launched the Mother Nature Network, an online environmental resource targeted at average Americans who “may not be extreme environmentalists, but want to help. There is probably sixty-five percent of people who are not on the extremes that we are trying to reach,” he says of the Web site that boasted a million page views last month.

“People always ask me what happened to Southern rock,” said Mr. Leavell, who wrote and produced the hit “Jessica” for the Allman Brothers. “I think it has morphed into country … but I don’t know if there will ever be another golden age of rock. … I would like to see the younger artists use more instruments and less machines.” Go natural, guys. Natural.

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