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Brothers in music… powerful story.  ✌️🎸🧡
11/15/2022

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 si...
11/06/2022

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 ...
10/20/2022

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.”

10/19/2022

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 o...
10/05/2022

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 ...
09/23/2022

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 ...
09/16/2022

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.

Some good news! 🎸✌️
09/09/2022

Some good news! 🎸✌️

Happy Birthday to Jimmy Reed! Jimmy played a mean blues guitar, and alternated between singing and playing harmonica. Re...
09/06/2022

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 blin...
08/27/2022

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 d...
08/19/2022

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! ✌️🎸
08/12/2022

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 al...
08/10/2022

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.

07/28/2022

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...
07/26/2022

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!

07/26/2022

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

Happy 75th Birthday to Brian May! Brian is a guitarist and founding member of Queen. Considered a virtuoso among many pu...
07/19/2022

Happy 75th Birthday to Brian May! Brian is a guitarist and founding member of Queen. Considered a virtuoso among many publications as well as his peers, May’s unique contributions helped drive Queen to widespread success. Steve Vai said of Brians’s playing “When you break it down and when you look at it from a guitar player's point of view, it's unique, and nobody to this date could do what he does and make it sound like that. He is an iconic player. His tone, his choice of melody notes, he doesn't just do solos. His solos are melodies, and they're perfectly in place.” May is also known for playing a one of a kind guitar that he made out of an 18th century fireplace with his father when he was 16.

Happy Birthday to Artimus Pyle! In 1974, Artemis joined southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd as their second drummer. Pyle ...
07/15/2022

Happy Birthday to Artimus Pyle! In 1974, Artemis joined southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd as their second drummer. Pyle debuted on Skynyrd’s third album Nuthin’ Fancy and would remain for their next three albums with the original lineup. Artemis’ drumming brought more technical fills compared to his predecessor's simple but tight contributions, and led to a more developed sound for the albums he played on. After the infamous plane crash that took the lives of four members of Skynyrd and critically injured the rest, Artimus managed to navigate through a Mississippi swamp with torn cartilage in his chest to get help for the survivors. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 with the other members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Happy Birthday to John Lee Johnson, better known as Jaimoe. Jaimoe is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. In ...
07/08/2022

Happy Birthday to John Lee Johnson, better known as Jaimoe. Jaimoe is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. In 1969 he joined Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, and fellow drummer Butch Trucks to form the iconic southern rock band. The two drummers, unusual at the time, added to the sound that the dual guitars provided making the Allman Brothers an act “you had to see live”. The Wall Street Journal said of Jaimoe, “His passion for jazz helped form the nascent Allman Brothers Band's improvisational approach, which incorporated blues, country and Western swing into a unique musical approach that nodded toward the Grateful Dead's West Coast explorations but never became as loosey-goosey”. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 with the other founding members of the Allman Brothers, and was listed as one of the 100 greatest drummers of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

June 27, 1970 – The newly formed Queen, billed at the time as Smile, played their first gig at Truro City Hall in Cornwa...
06/27/2022

June 27, 1970 – The newly formed Queen, billed at the time as Smile, played their first gig at Truro City Hall in Cornwall, England. The band, consisting of Freddie Mercury on vocals, Brian May on guitar, Mike Grose on bass, and drummer Roger Taylor, became one of the most recognizable rock bands of all time.

Happy 75th Birthday to Mick Fleetwood! Fleetwood is best known as the drummer, founding member, and leader of British ro...
06/24/2022

Happy 75th Birthday to Mick Fleetwood! Fleetwood is best known as the drummer, founding member, and leader of British rock band Fleetwood Mac. While Fleetwood Mac saw success in the 1960’s, including their UK number one hit “Albatros”, the band blossomed after the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in late 1974. 1975 saw the release of their self titled album “Fleetwood Mac” followed in 1977 by “Rumors”, which sold over 40 million copies becoming one of the best selling albums of all time. Though Nicks’ vocals and Buckingham’s guitar often take center stage, Mick’s simple instinctive drumming was the glue that kept Fleetwood Mac together for over five decades.

HBD Bob!  Another trip around the sun! ✌️🎸
05/24/2022

HBD Bob! Another trip around the sun! ✌️🎸

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan (born May 24th, 1941) Here pictured in studio in 1965

Red Leaf School of Music would like to extend a Happy Mothers Day to all rockin' moms. Thank you for your support! Keep ...
05/08/2022

Red Leaf School of Music would like to extend a Happy Mothers Day to all rockin' moms. Thank you for your support! Keep on rockin'!

Are you interested in learning how to rock? If so, Red Leaf School of Music is perfect for you! We currently offer lesso...
05/06/2022
Our Staff | Red Leaf School of Music

Are you interested in learning how to rock? If so, Red Leaf School of Music is perfect for you! We currently offer lessons Guitar, Bass, Piano, Voice, Drums/Percussion, Violin, Music Theory, Ukulele, and more! Pick an instructor you think would be best for you from our website and contact us to get started today.

https://www.redleafschoolofmusic.com/our-teachers

Red Leaf instructors provide lessons for Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Bass, Voice, Piano, Drums/Percussion, and more. Our teachers are seasoned professionals, frequently performing in Texas, around the U.S., and internationally.

On this day in 1933, Willie Nelson was born. He wasted no time showing his musical chops, writing his first song at 7 an...
04/29/2022

On this day in 1933, Willie Nelson was born. He wasted no time showing his musical chops, writing his first song at 7 and joining his first band at 10. While kicking off his career as a disc jockey in both Texas and the Pacific Northwest, Willie continued to write his own music with future hits such as “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Crazy”. In 1960, Willie found himself in Nashville playing bass with Ray Price’s Band. Finding moderate success in Nashville, Nelson released his initial album …And Then I Wrote in 1962. However, after 10 years in Nashville, he grew tired of the controlling nature of the corporate music scene and moved to Austin, embracing “outlaw” country. By the early-80’s Willie had garnered widespread fame, seeing great success with his album Stardust and hits such as “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind”. Nelson has toured throughout his entire career, even to this day at the ripe old age of 89. Willie’s career is too long to do it justice in one paragraph, but he will be forever remembered as one of the best to ever do it.

Introducing a new Instructor: Lennie Nesby! Lennie is a young and upcoming musician in the Austin music scene. Born with...
04/26/2022

Introducing a new Instructor: Lennie Nesby! Lennie is a young and upcoming musician in the Austin music scene. Born with a natural love of music, she strives to use her sound to bring people together. With experience in giving private and group lessons for kids 5-17, Lennie takes an enthusiastic yet stress-free approach. Lennie offers lessons covering guitar, bass, violin, voice, and ukelele. Sign up for a lesson with Lennie today!

Introducing a new instructor: Vance Hurd! Vance is a musician well versed in Metal, Classical, and Jazz. While gaining h...
04/15/2022

Introducing a new instructor: Vance Hurd! Vance is a musician well versed in Metal, Classical, and Jazz. While gaining his degree from Schwob Conservatory, he studied classical guitar performance, composition, music theory, counterpoint, and voice leading. He teaches guitar (electric and nylon-string/acoustic), bass, piano, and music theory. Sign up for a lesson with Vance today!

On this day in 1973, Bob Marley and the Wailers released their fifth studio album, Catch a Fire. While the band saw succ...
04/13/2022
Bob Marley - Stir It Up [Live 1973]

On this day in 1973, Bob Marley and the Wailers released their fifth studio album, Catch a Fire. While the band saw success in Jamaica before Catch a Fire, their new label, Island Records, helped them form a new sound for their initial release with the company. That new sound combined rock n' roll and blues elements with Jamaican beats, a change that refined reggae into an internationally popular genre. The album and subsequent tour would propel the Wailers to international fame with hits such as "Stir It Up" and "Concrete Jungle".

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Bob Marley on The Bob Harris Old Grey Whistle Test 1973

Red Leaf School of Music is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month! We extend a special thanks to everyone who help...
04/07/2022

Red Leaf School of Music is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month! We extend a special thanks to everyone who helped get us here – students, parents, instructors, and colleagues. Red Leaf will continue to offer dedicated service to the Austin music community, and appreciate your ongoing support for our school.

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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!
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