Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts (Formerly: The Cory Grinder Band)
Playboy Scout Oath: “On my honor I will do my duty to Two Step Dancers and Honky Tonkers everywhere.” From Akron and Cleveland, Ohio, Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts take honky tonkin very seriously. Grinder started the band in 2016 when multiple hillbilly groups he played fiddle with fizzled out. Along with some other displaced musicians from these bands, The Cory Grinder Band was formed. Stephen Karney, known as “Tebbs,” provides the silky, smooth sounds of the pedal steel which drives the group along with harmony vocals. The low end is expertly handled on upright bass by Jason Willis. Leading the group on guitar and fiddle, Cory Grinder writes original country tunes influenced by favorites like Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, and Willie Nelson. 2018 saw the release of their first album, “Cahoots and Other Favorites,” recorded with Grammy and Emmy nominated producer, David Mayfield. That year also saw the addition of the very talented drummer, Brian Roberts. Since then, the band has taken to the road and toured through Nashville, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Chicago, Texas, North Carolina, Detroit, and more. Performance highlights include featuring Kenny Vaughan from Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives on guitar for a Nashville show. Plus Dale Watson inviting them to perform as his backing band for a set at legendary Texas venues The Broken Spoke and Continental Club. Up next for The Playboy Scouts is their instrumental Christmas album, “Silver & Gold, Fiddle & Steel.” A collection of classic Christmas songs with some country flair featuring Tebbs and Grinder, available Nov. 1st. Plus Spring 2020 will see the release of their next full length, original album, “Honky Tonkin Beauty Supreme.” Lots of fun things are coming for these honky tonkers so join The Playboy Scouts and GET YOUR BADGES!
For booking please contact:
Cory Grinder 330-931-9917
“The Cory Grinder Band captures he spirit of classic Honky Tonk”
– Amanda Rabinowitz (NPR – WKSU)
“The Cory Grinder Band captures the 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
- Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts (Formerly: The Cory Grinder Band)
- Honky tonkers writing original hillbilly tunes inspired by artists like Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.
- Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar- Cory Grinder; Pedal Steel/Vocals – Stephen “Tebbs” Karney; Upright Bass – Jason Willis; Drums – Brian Roberts. Other instrumentation -Electric guitar, fiddle
- Formed in 2016. Based out of Akron and Cleveland, OH
- Debut record, “Cahoots and Other Favorites,” released Fall 2018.
Example venues where CGB has performed:
Austin, TX – Broken Spoke, Continental Club, Hotel Vegas
New Orleans, LA – Dragon’s Den
Charlotte, NC – Thirsty Beaver
Nashville, TN – Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, American Legion Post 82
Detroit, MI – Outer Limits
Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle, California Clipper, Honky Tonk BBQ
Buffalo, NY – Duende, 189 Public House