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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: Texas, Nashville, New Orleans, 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 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; Other instrumentation -Electric guitar, fiddle
  • Formed in 2016. Based out of Akron, OH
  • Debut record, “Cahoots and Other Favorites,”  released Fall 2018.

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

The Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
The Adelphia Music Hall – Marietta, OH
Honky Tonk BBQ – Chicago, IL
189 Public House – East Aurora, NY