May 31, 2021
On this Greg Leisz interview, how playing with artists like Dave Alvin, k.d. Lang, Matthew Sweet, Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd & others, helped shape his career… Greg didn’t get into playing as a session player till he was nearly in his 40’s and he shares why he “stuck it out”... Playing with Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, Ted Hawkins, Joe Walsh, Keith Richards, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt, Joni Mitchell, Brian Blade, his weirdest gig ever (for a nudist colony!)... Understanding his own abilities, getting out of his comfort zone, Peru, maintaining your sense of wonder, and loads more. Lovely conversation with this music legend
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Greg Leisz is a songwriter, sideman, and producer who pays guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel guitar. In a successful session and side-man career that’s spanned over 40 years, the diversity of music Greg’s played on is pretty incredible. Greg’s toured or recorded with Dave Alvin (The Blasters), kd Lang (close to 20 years), Ray LaMontagne, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne (on & off for 20 years), Bill Frisell, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Joe Cocker, John Fogerty, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Neal Casal, The Bangles, The Jayhawks, Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Randy Newman, Matthew Sweet, Chris Botti, Brian Wilson, Daft Punk, Bonnie Raitt, Ted Hawkins (Next Hundred Years), Indigo Girls, Jorma Kaukonen, Joe Walsh, Willie Nelson, Morrissey and literally several hundred, if not thousands of others.