Gregory Brian Leisz (pronounced "Lease") is an American musician born on September 18, 1949 in Buffalo, NY. He is a songwriter, recording artist, and producer. He plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel guitar.
Leisz grew up in the garage band culture of mid-60s Southern California. He frequented the Ashgrove, the Troubador, and clubs on the Sunset Strip where he heard the rich milieu of musical acts of the time. He began playing guitar and soon added dobro and lap steel to his repertoire. He was inspired to pick up the pedal steel after hearing "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, Buddy Emmons, and other iconic steel players.
In 1975, he toured with John Stewart (formerly of The Kingston Trio).
He was a member of Funky Kings who released their eponymous debut album on Clive Davis’ Arista Label in 1976. After the band broke up, he became a much sought-after artist both in the studio and on the road.
In 1987, he began working with Dave Alvin (formerly of The Blasters). Their collaboration led to Leisz producing several of Alvin’s most critically acclaimed albums including King of California, Black Jack David, Ashgrove, and West of the West.