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Pedal Steel, Dobro!
Guitar, probably Mandolin, too! If Greg reached down deep, he could probably play sax, clarinet and maybe violin, too!

 

 

To my way of thinking, what Greg Leisz, ’67 has achieved in 50+ years of playing music ranks among the greatest success stories of all ’60s Lancer-dom. As as young man, he took his natural talent and his willingness to work hard and persevere — and followed his passion. There’s no telling how many dive bars he played, how many owners and promoters stiffed his wages, how many greasy coffee shop meals he ate, how many drafty motels he slept in, how many long and lonely bus rides he took, how much damage his guitars and equipment endured by baggage handlers, how many ice storms and lightning storms he drove through, how many prima donna singers he suffered — but he kept on learning, he polished his skills, he expanded his repertoire and became more and more widely known and recognized for his skills and versatility. Chuck Estes, ’64 hired Greg for a session early in Greg’s career and afterwards said, “Greg gave me exactly what I wanted, right away.” Music people remember that. Eventually Greg reached the highest level of rock, folk and jazz as one of the top Go-To Guys on the Coast — maybe by 2000 or so. He didn’t earn it by his looks (although he’s a nice-looking fellow!), or politicking, or his hair! By earned his reputation by the excellence of his playing, his consistency and reliability, by how quickly and well he can learn a new chart or adapt to what a performer or band needs, and he keeps learning, quietly and without fanfare. That is a consummate artist, and an immensely admirable achievement.  

 

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  • I’ll publish Greg’s touring schedule here when I can find it on the Internet.