Tall Toad Music in Petaluma helps keep music alive in the community. Filled with instruments, people practicing and students of all ages taking lessons, the local music shop has been co-owned by Charles Cowles for several decades.
While some famous customers like Tom Waits, Taj Mahal or Leon Russell may make their way into the store’s aisles, the back rooms are filled with accomplished musicians giving lessons. And Tall Toad doesn’t charge the teachers rent or a fee.
“When I stopped charging the teachers five years ago, the vibe got much better,” Cowles says. “Everybody’s happy.”
The store is a labor of love … and one of the things locals and visitors alike love about Petaluma.