Pineola Bio
Leslie Braly
LESLIE BRALY

Vocals and Guitar

Leslie Braly was born in Alabama, spending her childhood in Mobile and Birmingham. In her twenties, she started writing songs and playing in bars and honky-tonks around the state. Leslie's songwriting is a rootsy Americana style heavily influenced by her southern upbringing. She moved to Washington with her husband in 2000 and spent the next few years focusing on starting a family. In 2007 Leslie met John Owen, when their oldest daughters became friends in kindergarten, and together they formed Pineola.


Photo © Don Mason

John Owen
JOHN OWEN

Guitar and Vocals

Born and raised in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, John started playing in local rock and country bands at age 15. In his early twenties he studied with classical guitar master Christopher Parkening and jazz guitarist John Stowell. In this century he has had the opportunity to learn from dobro greats Rob Ickes, Andy Hall and Orville Johnson, as well as, bluegrass flatpickers like Kenny Smith and Tim Stafford. His musical past includes numerous bands and styles including jazz, Afro-pop, reggae, rock, blues, country and roots-Americana.


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Josh Woods
JOSH WOODS

Bass and Vocals

Originally from Lewiston Idaho, Josh has played in a number of bands around the Pacific Northwest including Sherilyn Segrest, The Reluctants and Portland based Superxxman. As with Leslie and John, Josh's connection to Pineola also originated with the friendships between his daughters and the other kids of Pineola members. We are lucky to have him layin' down a carpet of funk for us.


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Dirk Lebsack
DIRK LEBSACK

Drums and Vocals

Dirk grew up in Southeast Idaho and began playing drums at 13. While at University of Idaho he and his best friend formed a six piece band and moved to Atlanta, GA where he spent the next 11 years playing and recording with many different local artists and bands throughout the South. In 2000 he moved to Seattle and formed the trio The Reluctants with two friends he'd made while at U of I, one of which was Josh Woods. The Reluctants recorded three albums over the span of four years and were a favorite live act around Seattle. We were pleased to put an end to Dirk's 10 year hiatus from performing by bringing him on as the heartbeat of Pineola.


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Ed Brooks
ED BROOKS

Pedal Steel

Hailed by Jake Uitti in Seattle Magazine as Seattle's Master of Mastering, Ed Brooks is best known for his genius mastering skills on recordings by such names as REM, The Decemberists, The Head and the Heart, Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, and Pearl Jam, to name just a few. Ed's involvement with music encompasses more than just audio engineering though - he plays music too. Ed loves making music as much as he loves listening, and his instrument of choice is pedal steel guitar. His broad musical tastes, his passion as a musician, engineer and listener, all combine to deliver an aesthetically pleasing, elegant, and smart musical result, whether in the mastering studio, or on the band stand. Pineola is grateful to have him in our ranks.


Photo © Don Mason