Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts
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“Wayne Hancock has more Hank Sr. in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr. He is the real deal.” – Hank III
“Hancock, who tosses out a roots mix of old country, roadhouse blues, western dance swing, boogie bop, and straight-up rockabilly, takes what was once old and makes it seem like it’s always been and always will be.”—allmusic.com
“The country music scene could do with a lot more characters like Wayne, who push the music’s limits while staying truer to its roots than any well-known names associated with the genre today.” – Slug Magazine
Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing–that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro;” bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.
Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, Wayne just wants to ENTERTAIN you, and what’s wrong with that?
Wayne’s disdain for the slick swill that passes for real deal country is well known. Like he’s fond of saying: “Man, I’m like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That’s me.”
Little known fact: Wayne is the only Bloodshot artist to have had their CD taken aboard a space shuttle flight.
“A rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passions that his songs never feel like the museum pieces he’s trying desperately to preserve.” —AllMusic.com
Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts
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!
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH, 44110