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 The Cory Grinder Band writes original honky tonk type tunes for those who love that old hillbilly sound. Cory, from Akron, Ohio leads the group playing rhythm guitar, fiddle, and singing with pedal steel player Stephen “Tebbs” Karney and bass player, Jason Willis. This past year has seen the addition of the versatile, Cleveland based drummer, Brian Roberts. Between them the members of the band have quite a bit of experience playing for local and national programs such as NPR’s “On Point,” SXSW, Blue Plate Special, and Fox 8 News. As well as touring through: Nashville, Charlotte, New York, Detroit, Chicago, and more. Their entertaining live performances are full of fun, upbeat songs and the silly antics of the band. Always trying to have a good time, it’s not unusual to see the group switching around instruments and bringing guests into the fold. The Cory Grinder Band released their debut album, “Cahoots & Other Favorites” in August of 2018.


For booking please contact:

Cory Grinder 330-931-9917


“The Cory Grinder Band captures he spirit of classic Honky Tonk”

– Amanda Rabinowitz (NPR – WKSU)

“I was pleasantly surprised with Cleveland’s own Cory Grinder band rocking out some honkey tonk – and how could you not with that beaming smile of his.  These guys just looked to be loving what they’re doing, and how can you fault that.  Keep it going guys!”

– The Zender Agenda


  • The Cory Grinder Band
  • Honky tonkers writing original hillbilly tunes and covering great country music from artists like Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Sr, and George Jones.
  • Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar – Cory GrinderPedal Steel Guitar/Backup Vocals – Stephen “Tebbs” KarneyUpright Bass – Jason WillisOther instrumentation – Drums, Electric guitar, fiddle
  • Formed in 2016. Based out of Akron, OH
  • Debut record, “Cahoots and Other Favorites,”  to be released Summer 2018.

Venues where CGB has performed:
The Winchester – Lakewood, OH
Old 97 – Akron, OH
The Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
The Adelphia Music Hall – Marietta, OH
The Smiling Skull – Athens, OH
Honky Tonk BBQ – Chicago, IL
189 Public House – East Aurora, NY
810 Meadworks – Medina, NY

Thirsty Beaver – Charlotte, NC

American Legion Post 82 – Nashville, TN

Outer limits – Detroit, MI