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Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental. Using the music of the Ventures, The Shadows, and with Link Wray and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high energy brand of original rock & roll around the world.
Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, the ‘Jackets’ have delivered their trademark guitar licks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts and dozens of films and TV shows. Viva Los Straitjackets!
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!