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Greg Leisz

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The term “ubiquitous” is normally put into front of pedal steel player and guitarist Greg Leisz’s name. With justification — the man’s resumé is normally daunting, boasting areas with Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow, Peter Case, Paul Westerberg, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Victoria Williams, Joe Cocker, Dave Alvin, k.d. lang, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, as well as the Ventures…to mention a few. Never to end up being pigeonholed in only root base music, Leisz (pronounced “Lees”) in addition has used famous brands Beck, Matthew Sugary, Poor Religion, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Brian Wilson. Leisz spent his youthful years catching works just like the Byrds as well as the Traveling Burrito Brothers in Southern California night clubs. Section of his general charm — which certainly attracts on the experimental character of those affects — originates from an open-minded method of lap and pedal metal, a strategy that casts apart Nashville personal references. Leisz can be somewhat of the stylistic chameleon: You can’t pin down a unique design for him because he chooses to serve and accompany a melody instead of place his tag onto it. His imagination and open-mindedness being a musician possess allowed him a genre roving not often accorded renowned metal players. Through the ’90s, Leisz also started creating a name for himself being a manufacturer, helming produces by such people as Rosie Flores, Dave Alvin, Tom Russell, and Lisa Mednick.

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Full Name Greg Leisz
Date Of Birth September 18, 1949
Profession Music Producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Mandolinist
Nationality American
Music Groups Watkins Family Hour, Works Progress Administration
Music Songs You Dig, Amazing Grace, Wild Mountain Thyme, I Will Take Care Of You
Albums Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings, Spinning The Circle
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for Steel Guitar Player of the Year


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Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Place at the Table 2012 Documentary musician: mandolin, banjo and mandola
The People Speak 2009 Documentary musician: steel mandolin, banjo, guitars
Crazy Heart 2009 musician: pedal steel
Sunshine Cleaning 2008 musician: pedal steel
Knocked Up 2007 musician: guitar
A Dirty Shame 2004 musician: guitar
The Forsaken 2001 musician: steel guitar
Live by Request: K.D. Lang 2000 TV Movie musician: guitar & pedal steel
Sordid Lives 2000 musician: steel guitar - as Gregg Leisz
Outside Ozona 1998 musician: street pedal guitar
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1993 musician: steel guitar

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roadies 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Red State 2011 performer: "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
Whatever 1998 performer: "Angel From Montgomery"
The Letters from Moab 1991 TV Short performer: "Weepin' Wind"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roadies 2016 TV Series Greg Leisz
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue 1991 Guitar Player

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chasing Jules Documentary post-production Himself - Pedal Steel
We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash 2012 TV Movie Himself
Live by Request: K.D. Lang 2000 TV Movie Himself - k.d. lang Band
Joni Mitchell: Painting with Words and Music 1998 Video Himself

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