Red Leaf School of Music

Red Leaf School of Music


April 1, 2007 Red Leaf School of Music opened its doors and 15 years later we are still sharing the gift of music with our wonderful students and rehearsal clients!
Thank you to everyone who has been along for the ride with us! ✌️🧡🎸🎸
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Red Leaf School of Music would like to introduce a new instructor, Graham Wilkinson! Graham offers lessons for Guitar, Piano, and Ukelele! This Texas born father of three has spent over 12 years preforming almost 200 shows a year, and is ready to share his experience and knowledge with new students. Sign up for lessons with Graham now at!


HBD Pinetop Perkins on what would have been his 100th. A master that we were lucky to see perform in Austin so many times. 🤍

Remembering Pinetop Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011)
Born on a cotton plantation near Belzoni, Miss., in 1913, he worked the fields from age 7, drove a truck for a living at 18 and got stabbed in the arm in his late 20s.
The barroom attack tore his tendons and cut his bone, ending his dreams of becoming a leading guitar man. Instead, he refashioned himself as a regal piano player.
“He was absolutely the premier blues piano player,” said Bruce Iglauer, founder of Chicago’s Alligator Records, an independent blues label. “His career spanned
literally over 80 years. He was the symbol of a whole generation of musicians.”
Perkins’ influence was vast and his musical pedigree impeccable, for he collaborated with all forms of blues royalty, from Muddy Waters to Robert Nighthawk, Earl Ho**er to B.B. King. Through it all, and despite the exigencies of age, he maintained an enduring mastery of the piano. Last year, his fingers flew over the keyboard during a packed-to-capacity show in Evanston, Ill., his baritone swooping from high falsetto notes to rumbling low note with operatic drama.
Perkins not only ignited the music but clearly drove the band. Though he showed less digital prowess than in his artistic prime — which, in his case, would have been when he was a mere octogenarian — he cleverly worked around his shortcomings, dividing his technical flourishes between his hands.
It was a brilliant feat, all the more considering the self-taught nature of Perkins’ work.
“I don’t read music; it looks like dog droppings to me,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 1998.
Photo: James Fraher/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images



B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Ivory Joe Hunter with the WDIA Little League Team, Memphis. Photo by Ernest Withers.


Red Leaf School of Music is happy to introduce our new instructor, Jeff Botta! Jeff has extensive experience as a professional vocalist, drummer, and bassist in rock bands performing nationally and internationally. He offers lessons for Drums, Voice, Electric Bass, and Piano. Sign up for lessons with Jeff at!


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Our masterclass is just a couple weeks away. We're getting excited!

2010. King Biscuit Festival. With George Mojo Dreamy-Eyed Good-Lookin’ Buford.

Photo Credit: Bob Margolin


Remembering Dusty Hill on his Birthday. Bass Guitarist for ZZ Top . I took this photo in 1981. Dusty passed away in 2021.


HBD to the late, great Dusty Hill.
Some wisdom from “The Dust” ✌️💚🎸

Remembering Dusty Hill (May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021)
"I started singing for money when I was about eight with my brother, and by the time I was 13 my brother played guitar and we had a drummer, and so my brother said, “You need to play the bass. We need a bass.” Most bass players are guitar players first. I wasn’t; I was a singer and I came home from school and there was a bass guitar there, and I played a bar that night. It wasn’t very good, but I kind of learned how to play on stage and whatnot, and embarrassment is a great motivator. If you don’t play well, standing up there with lights on it really stands out, so it behooves you to get your s**t up pretty quick.
I was heavily influenced by Jack Bruce with Cream, and he plays a lot. Even Stanley Clark or Charlie Mingus, a little jazz. So I used to play a lot. But when I started playing in a three-piece, I realized that you have to do the song, not your personal performance, so you have to be tasty with it and enjoy the playing. Writing the song helps a lot; if I’m involved in the writing process, it comes to me. I think one of the best bass players in the world for that is Paul McCartney; he played the perfect part for everything, in every song. Sometimes you don’t even notice the bass — I hate that in a way, but I love that in a way. That’s a compliment. That means you’ve filled in everything and it’s right for the song, and you’re not standing out where you don’t need to be.
Interview by Gary Graff
© Photo de Tom Hill/WireImage/Getty


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You can't disassemble the parts that made Chuck Berry a once-in-a-lifetime visionary. Yes, he took blues and country and willed them into rock and roll, but he didn't get there first. Yes, he was an exciting guitar player, but his riffs weren't the most technically stunning the genre has seen. What made him a visionary was that he uniquely understood what an American rock-and-roll performer had to be and had to represent. Very early on, Chuck Berry figured out exactly what you had to sell people, and then — and this is where you can't disassemble it anymore — he did it perfectly.

"Maybellene" and "Thirty Days" in 1955. "Roll Over Beethoven" and "You Can't Catch Me" in 1956. "Rock and Roll Music" in 1957. "Johnny B. Goode" in 1958. Every year through 1961, he was pounding out rock-and-roll songs so archetypal that we take them for granted. Of course somebody had to write the rock-and-roll songbook. More than any other individual, Chuck Berry was that somebody.

These were joyful songs, exuberant songs, aspirational songs, songs that could have only been written by an American in the 1950s. They were the soundtrack of American happiness: celebrations of freedom, love, getting up to no good, and — most importantly — cars. He was obsessed with cars, maybe because he had worked in an automobile assembly plant, or maybe because of the speed and power a car can give. His songs, like those of no other performer before him, sound better when you're driving fast.

- Kaleb Horton

Photo by Bent Rej


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Timeline photos 03/08/2023


Les Paul In Hiw Own Words



Photos from Red Leaf School of Music's post 02/20/2023

Red Leaf's First Garage Sale is tomorrow! We have some fantastic deals on Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars, Drum Kits, Keyboards, Amps, Effects, PAs, Microphones, and much more! Swing by tomorrow from 1-6 p.m. and snag some great gear!

Photos from Red Leaf School of Music's post 02/19/2023

Here's another guitar that will be at the Red Leaf Garage Sale on Monday! A 1964 Hagstrom Bass - all original!

Photos from Red Leaf School of Music's post 02/17/2023

This beautiful two-tone to***co burst “50s-60s” special dealer edition, Mexican Stratocaster featuring Lollar Black Face Pickups with upgraded pots and wiring is up for sale at the Red Leaf Garage Sale on Monday!


Only three days left until the First Red Leaf Garage Sale! We have some great items for sale including Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Amps, Drumsticks, Effects, PAs, and much more! Be sure to come by on President's Day, Monday February 20th from 1-6 p.m. and snag a great deal!

Photos from Ron Capps's post 02/15/2023

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Only two weeks left until Red Leaf's First Garage Sale! Remember to mark your calendars and come on by President's Day, February 20th!


Red Leaf School of Music invites you to our first annual Rock & Roll Garage Sale on President’s Day, Monday February 20th from 1-6 p.m.! Come Buy/Sell/Trade: Guitars, Basses, Drums, Keys, Vinyl, Vintage T-shirts, & more!


Happy Birthday to Malcolm Young! Malcolm, older brother of Angus Young, was a founding member of AC/DC. While Angus stole the show with his wild antics and face-melting solos, Malcolm was always there in the background providing flawless yet nuanced rhythm guitar. He wrote most of the riffs that made AC/DC one of the top selling rock bands of all time, and was the anchor that kept the more rowdy members grounded throughout their career. Malcolm once said, “We’re going to play the only music worth playing: rock ‘n’ roll. And we’re going to play it hard.” Looking at the illustrious history of AC/DC, they certainly achieved that goal.

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Red Leaf School of Music would like to wish its students and staff Happy Holidays! Thank you for another great year! Additionally, our digital gift card makes a great gift for that special someone that loves to rock!

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Happy Birthday to Billy Gibbons! Billy formed ZZ Top in 1969 along with Dusty Hill on bass and Frank Beard on drums. Known for his long beard, a look which he shared with Dusty, Billy also set himself apart with his face-melting blues guitar playing and his low gravelly singing voice. 1971 would see the release of Tres Hombres, ZZ Top’s third album, and usher them into widespread commercial success with bluesy classics like “La Grange”, “Waitin’ on the Bus”, and “Jesus Just Left Chicago”. Following Tres Hombres was a tall order, but ZZ Top and Billy continued their success throughout the years with hits such as “Just Got Paid”, “Tush”, and “Gimme All Your Lovin’” as well as capitalizing on the MTV music video craze. ZZ Top firmly established themselves as one of the coolest groups to ever play.


Brothers in music… powerful story. ✌️🎸🧡

In 1981, just after John passed, Paul and Linda invited legendary rockabilly musician Carl Perkins to stay with them on the Island of Montserrat, where producer George Martin had a studio. Paul wanted Carl’s help in recording a song called “Get It” for his new “Tug of War” album.

It was literally just weeks after John’s murder, and both George and Ringo came to spend time with their former bandmate.

The night before Carl was scheduled to leave, a song came to him that summed up his warm feelings about the visit. The song was so clear in his mind that he didn’t even write it down, which was unusual for Carl.

The next morning he played the song, “My Old Friend”, for Paul and Linda, explaining that it was a gift for having him as a guest.

Halfway through the song when Carl sang the words “if we never meet again this side of life, in a little while, over yonder, where there’s peace and quiet, my old friend, won’t you think about me every now and then?”

Paul stood up and abruptly left the room with tears streaming down his face.

Not sure what had just happened, Carl stopped playing, and Linda hugged him. She thanked him for helping Paul grieve, explaining that he hadn’t been able to fully break down since John passed.

Paul later explained that the last words John spoke to him in the hallway of the Dakota building were “think about me now and then old friend”.

Thank you to Boris for this story and photo.


Happy Birthday to Glenn Frey! Frey along with Don Henley founded the Eagles in 1970. Glenn played rhythm guitar while singing for the band, and together with Henley wrote most of the band’s material. The lineup would change for the Eagles, but Henley and Frey were always the backbone of the band. They would go on to have five number-one singles and six number-one albums, making the Eagles one of the most successful bands of all time. Frey’s singing and songwriting were large parts of the band’s success, and he would even have a great solo career after the Eagles broke up.


Happy Birthday to Tom Petty! An icon of American rock, Petty generated hit after hit throughout his 40 year career. His songwriting was impeccable, featuring simple but infectious lyrics that told a story and begged you to sing along. Together with the Heartbreakers, Tom put out a body of work that is seldom matched, spanning decades and releasing too many great songs to simply list. Elton John summed it up nicely, saying “Tom Petty's music and songs are timeless. He was a wonderful writer, musician and singer. Irreplaceable and unique.”


Come celebrate Tom Petty's 72nd birthday with Red Leaf instructors Geno and Ty, as well as the rest of The Damn Torpedoes, Friday 10/21 starting at 9 p.m. at the Railhouse Bar in Kyle!


Happy 75th Birthday to Brian Johnson! Brian has been the lead singer of AC/DC since 1980, as well as a founding member of the 70’s British rock band Geordie. While his tenure with Geordie produced a few hits in the UK, Johnson gained wide-known recognition when he stepped up to replace Bon Scott as the frontman for AC/DC. Bon had left big shoes to fill, but Brian turned out to be a wonderful replacement. Within months of Brian joining AC/DC, the band would release their seventh studio album, Back in Black. The album was a massive success and sold over fifty million records placing it as the second best-selling album of all time. Brian was a perfect fit, sounding close to Bon Scott, but bringing his own grit and rasp to the sound of the band. His over forty year tenure with the band helped take them to new heights that only few others ever achieved.


Happy Birthday to Ray Charles! Ray is one of the most iconic and influential musicians in history, having pioneered the R&B genre. Due to his complete blindness by age seven, Ray had to learn to rely on his ears, teaching himself classical music by reading compositions in Braille. By 1960, Charles had his first of three No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 list with “Georgia On My Mind”. In addition to his titanic contributions to music, Ray’s staunch stance against segregation would cement him as a civil rights hero. Though Ray Charles completely lost his sight, he possessed the vision of a genius by combining gospel singing, blues, and jazz in a way that would forever change music.


Happy Birthday to the King of Blues, B.B. King! B.B. is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, having heavily inspired many of his successors. He could make his guitar sing, encouraging many musicians to try to capture the same soulful emotion King’s playing was able to express. B.B. pioneered a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending, shimmering vibrato, and staccato picking that crowned him the single most important electric guitarist of the 20th century. He was a tireless performer, never going more than a few days without a concert. Although he passed in 2015, B.B. will always remain the King of Blues.

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Happy Birthday to Jimmy Reed! Jimmy played a mean blues guitar, and alternated between singing and playing harmonica. Reed started his career in Chicago after serving in the Navy during WWII, establishing himself as a popular blues musician by the 1950’s. His approachable style guided many of his successors in the music world, including Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and many more. His song “Baby What You Want Me To Do” has been covered over thirty times. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, Reed left an indelible imprint on the world of Blues and Rock and Roll. If you’ve listened to any classic rock, odds are it was heavily influenced by Jimmy Reed.


Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan – Stevie was the best of the best. His rhythm playing was impeccable, his solos were blinding fast yet dynamic, and his style was supreme. Vaughan played his Stratocaster with intention, every note perfectly placed, often playing behind his back just as well as he could in front. He wasn’t just a world class guitar player, Stevie was a complete frontman who stole the show in the 80’s with his charisma at the microphone. With the help of his bandmates in Double Trouble, Vaughan blazed a trail for the future of the blues. Stevie Ray will be forever remembered as one of the greatest blues guitarists.


Happy Birthday to Ginger Baker! Ginger was a founding member of Cream and also a member of supergroup Blind Faith. His drumming was noted for using two bass drums, as well as lengthy drum solos which were some of the earliest examples in classic rock. Baker’s collaborations with Eric Clapton lead to some of the best music out of the 60’s, in addition to a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.


Wise words from The Sultan! HBD Mark! ✌️🎸

Happy 73d birthday to the great Mark Knopfler!
“I think kids learning from transcription books is fine, but I think the best way to learn music is from lots and lots of old records. It helps when you’re learning something new to have some sort of feel for what has come before. BB King wouldn’t play the way he played unless he’d heard Lonnie Johnson."
You have to start with American music in the ,20s. It would help if you knew about Irish and Celtic music as well. American music is essentially a nuclear fusion of blues and country. That's what the whole thing's about. Nothing else matters. You have to know the history of it, which doesn't involve listening to Otis Rush just once. It doesn't involve listening to Speckled Red once. It doesn't involve listening to Gid Tanner And The Skillet Lickers once. It doesn't involve listening to Bob Wills once. It's extremely foolish to have all these music schools create opportunities for talented kids to learn how to do technical things unbelievably well, when they don't understand where the hell it's coming from. Lots of people play music and don’t really hear it, which brings us to the subject of musical musicians and unmusical musicians. There are many impressive players who are far more technically adept than I am, for instance, but they're not hearing it, they're just doing it. Sticking stuff in the right boxes, depending on what the progression is.

Image: Rob Verhorst / Redferns


On August 10, 1984 the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their self-titled debut album. Credited as the one of the first albums to be in the funk metal genre, the album featured a mix of funk, hard rock, hip hop, and punk. While the Chili Peppers did not see the same success that their later albums would generate, their seminal album paved the way for them to become one of the most popular bands in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. The Chili Peppers would go on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.


When Willie Nelson speaks ... you LISTEN.


Today Mick Jagger celebrates his 79th birthday! Jagger, with the help of fellow members of the Rolling Stones, pioneered Rock n’ Roll throughout his six decade career. His songwriting partnership with Keith Richards is one of the most prosperous in history, helping lead Jagger to an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Mick’s unique voice and stunning live performances cemented what it meant to be a frontman in a rock band and was a driving factor in the Stones’ prolific success. Happy Birthday Mick!


Remembering John Weldon "J. J." Cale (December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013)
“Tulsa is kind of in the middle of the United States and rhythm and blues and blues came out of Mississippi and kind of filtered up there and jazz coming out of the north, Kansas City was a big jazz hotbed in the ‘50s and late ‘40s, and Western swing, which is kind of a Country guy’s impression of swing music of, say, Glenn Miller and those kind of guys. So it was kind of a melting pot in there," Cale said. "Then rock & roll hit about 1956 or ’54, I guess. And I decided that was my kind of music.”
“What my whole object was is not to really sell records. I was trying to sell songs," Cale said. "And instead of running around Nashville or New York or Los Angeles, knocking on people’s doors and trying to get them to cut my songs, we thought that making records would get the songs out there farther and it really did. So, my records really didn’t sell, but musicians started picking up on my sound and my songs and cutting my songs and that turned into a gold mine.”

Photo © Michael Putland

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