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Highway Natives are an American Folk-Rock band based in Nashville, TN. Blending some of their favorite sounds of those who come before them, you’ll hear influences from the Country, Folk, and Rock n’ Roll world in the music they bring to the stage.


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"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

For country duo Austin’s Rose, it was never about the ‘what’ and ‘where’. It was about the ‘how’ and ‘when’. Tim Gore and Taylor Cornilles both knew they would come to Nashville to become country music artists. But they never could have envisioned that meeting each other would forge the path to all their hopes and dreams.
Tim Gore has had music in his life for as long as he can remember. His mother was an early influence, playing guitar and singing country songs to him as a child. At the age of nine, Tim picked up the guitar and has never put it down.
Although athletics played a key role during his high school years, he never lost his desire to make and play country music. Looking back on the first two concerts of his life, Tim can still recall the impact it had on him. “The first one I attended was a Waylon show. The next one was Travis Tritt. My mind was made up. This is what I was meant to do.”
As a promise to his parents, Gore did go to college. While at the University of Kentucky, Tim continued to focus on music. He played at the Austin City Saloon, the same club that brought stars to country music like John Michael Montgomery and Montgomery Gentry. His next step would be Nashville.
Like Tim Gore, Taylor Cornilles always had music in her life. She grew up on a horse ranch in Wolf Creek, Oregon. Her mom was a traditional country singer and her father played guitar at church and in his band. Because her goal was always going to Nashville, she began preparing at a very young age. At the age of six, Taylor learned how to play the piano. At the age of nine, it was guitar. Fiddle came the next year and she took on mandolin at the age of 14.
At the age of 11, Taylor and her family put together a band and they spent the next few years playing fairs and community events. One year later, she sang an open mic event at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. “Playing the Bluebird should have been a satisfying ‘bucket list’ kind of thing for me,” recalled Taylor, “but instead it created a hunger that wouldn’t go away.” The day she graduated from high school, Taylor Cornilles moved to Nashville to become a star.
In 2014, after five years of playing on the Nashville club circuit on lower Broadway, Tim was about to give up his dream when he met Taylor. They began collaborating and found in each other what was missing musically. “Taylor’s early traditional female influences (Patty Loveless, Allison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack) combined with mine (Waylon, Tritt, Montgomery Gentry) play a key part in our sound,” explained Gore, “but it’s really our vocal blend in our harmonies that define us.”
Austin’s Rose spent the next three years doing several hundred shows and honing their unique sound. But it wasn’t until 2018, when they met and began working with producer Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), that the musical vision came into focus. “They are both great singers in their own right,” explained Worley, “but when you put those voices together, they become something special.” When asked to explain the Austin’s Rose sound, Taylor Cornilles described it best. We take our traditional instrumentation and harmonies and balance them with a more contemporary mix. It’s the blend that makes us unique.”


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Delnora grew up immersed in a rich musical environment. Her mother, Linda, was a classically trained vocalist, her father, Tim, introduced her to the best of folk, country, bluegrass and rock & roll music. “Mom plays piano,” she said. “Dad plays the guitar and mandolin. And every Reed family event was basically a celebration of the old-time tunes handed down by my Great Grandfather, Henry Reed. His tunes became the backbone of the American Folklife Collection at the Library of Congress. We all played those tunes; whether in tents by New River, or on porches in keeping with tradition. My PaPa Reed (Gene) was probably the most patient in teaching me chord progressions on the guitar. Both sides of my family gave me the musical roots to draw from and the encouragement to grow in my own artistry. They planted me in a varied and wonderful musical garden and I learned early that good music is good music, regardless of genre.”
Delnora says she can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a professional singer. “As a matter of fact, my parents, although encouraging, were reserved about throwing me into it as early as I wanted,” she recalled. “I was 11 years old before they allowed me to perform anywhere other than church, family or school events.”


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When it comes to performing Aaron Tessis has a simple motto, “Go All Out!” And that’s exactly what he does. Performing since the age of six, Aaron grew up playing the Toronto music scene, as well as exploring the arts through musical theatre and improv workshops. In 2006, Aaron set out to discovery the world of music outside his hometown, touring North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, and the high seas.
From catchy originals to spot-on tributes, from on camera to on stage, Aaron is a one-stop-shop of fun, high-energy entertainer... extraordinaire.

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"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.




Chase Wilson is a singer/songwriter originally from Dewey, Oklahoma. He moved to Nashville, TN in early 2019. He combines the sound of traditional country with a little blues and rock. With his unique vocals Chase has a sound of his own. Creating music that everyone can relate to is his ultimate goal.

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Williams was injected with a bohemian lifestyle during a nomadic childhood. By the time he was twelve years of age, his family of four had already moved across four states and nearly ten houses from the west to the east coast. He had no idea that he was being unconsciously groomed to live the Kerouac condition one day; destined to ramble, tell stories of nature, moral ground, and singing about the great people and the multiple levels of the human experience in travel.
"My Grandparents took my sister and I from California to Hershey, PA and back a few times through the summer, and we took different routes each time to see various landmarks and plenty of gravestones of people I’d never met. Needless to say, I the desire to move around is in my blood."
Williams began living a life on the road full-time in 2012 to pursue his music. First in a Honda Element, and later a self-converted Sprinter Van, carrying everything he owned inside a 20 foot vessel with his wife for three years. The simplistic lifestyle of spending ample amounts of time in nature and meeting various characters enabled Williams to focus his writing on the evolving self and observations of his surroundings, as opposed to the over-saturated topic of love and heartbreak that have dominated airwaves for decades.

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Crossville's own Cole Kemmer will be gracing the stage at Grinder House on February 29th. Cole's style is alternative folk. He is a one man band featuring guitar, harmonica and foot drums.
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Travis Bigwood is an Americana Folk band from Knoxville, TN. Their songs focus storytelling. "I started writing songs because I wanted to tell a story. I wanted to share the anthology of my experiences growing up in East Tennessee and feel that connection that only music can bring. I try to capture the sound of the hardships and all the goodness that echo through these mountains."
"It’s the sound of a young man attempting to make peace with his past and coming to terms with the changes of his present — the realization that while he might not be where he was or even where he wants, that good things happen. There’s both celebration and solace in such a moment of clarity, and that Bigwood spins it into sonic gold is evidence of an artistic soul wise beyond the years of its mortal shell." - Steve Wildsmith of The Daily Times (Maryville, TN)
Melissa Ellis returns to Grinder House Coffee on February 12, 2021! Possessing a vocal power that packs a serious punch, add in her opulent tone and texture reminiscent of jazz’s golden age, her distinctive growl of the blues, and soulful delivery, Melissa has concocted an unforgettable signature blend of blues, jazz, and blue-eyed soul. Her spicy southern drawl is only the cherry on top.
Melissa Ellis is an award winning singer-songwriter and a 2020 quarterfinalist of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN where she shared the stage with over 100 rising solo/duo blues acts from all over the world.
Beginning her professional career as a singer/actress/dancer in theater at the age of 16, she performed in regional tours before moving on to study classical and jazz music at Tennessee Technological University as a vocalist while pursuing a singing career in Nashville.
In 2009, Melissa released her debut album Melissa Benjamin, lending her seasoned talent to the world of bluegrass & gospel. Her original single, “Crossville,” was adopted by her hometown as the official city song. While touring, she found new inspiration and started writing more original songs. With new songs came a new sound that evolved into a more soulful genre.
Melissa’s sophomore album, Just Me, was released in 2011 and as a multi-instrumentalist, the album showcased her musicianship on guitar and piano, as well as more of her original material.
Melissa’s latest musical journey brings out the raw emotional sounds of blues & her training in jazz. Her repertoire includes her original songs mixed with re-imaginings of familiar classics that are presented in fresh new ways. Melissa has landed opportunities that have placed her on world renowned stages, on radio, on television, and at high profile festivals, including Nashville’s acclaimed CMAfest where her soulful style was showcased among the sea of rising country twang.


James Crowley- One of our homegrown singer songwriters, winner of the 2020 Tennessee Songwriter Week Qualifying rounds. James is a gifted songwriter and vocalist in his own right and has worked across the state. Last appearance was Pucketts Grocery as a finalist for the Bluebird Café.
We are honored to host James here at the Grinder House with his second appearance.
Allen Morrell
One of six Grand Prize winners in the 2020 Tennessee Songwriter's Week Contest sponsored by The Bluebird Cafe and The Tennessee Tourism Board for my original song "Songwriter".
The July 2020 Bluebird Cafe Golden Pick Winner, co-sponsored by Taylor Guitars.
The opportunity to perform at some incredible venues such as The Grand Ole Opry House, The Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, The Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner, Commodore Grille, The Walnut House Murfreesboro, Puckett's Franklin, Arrington Vineyards, GMA Seminar in the Rockies, and The Nashville Network.
Beyond fortunate to have co-written songs with some of my favorite songwriters of all time including Bobbie Cryner, Jimmy Yeary, John Scott Sherrill, Gary Nicholson, Cyndi Torres, Jeff Pearson, Michael Salacuse, Brittany Allyn, Thad Guerra, Craig Karp, Kim Parent, Shelly Rann, Don Goodman, Shirley Myers, Rod Nicholson, Rob Heath, Sheila Stephen....and many others along the way.
Being a part of the band Passenger in the early 2000's with treasured friends Barry Hackett, Mike and Kristy Rhode, Matt McGee, Mike Mahaffey, Mark Smith, and Joseph "Billy" Fulk.
Winner of several awards at the 2002 Academy of Gospel Music Arts competition (AGMA) 2002 including: Southern Gospel Song and Overall Song of 2002 for "Passenger", and Praise & Worship Song of 2002 for "If I Did Not Sing."
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