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County Line Band Wins Battle for the Jam


The Ashland based County Line Band edged out the competition in this year’s WGAR Battle for the Jam which was held at the Thirsty Cowboy in Medina, Ohio.  The five piece band was humbled when they found out that they had won and are looking forward to the opportunity to play at Thirsty Cowboy at the WGAR Country Jam.

The band competed in the third week and entertained with their song choices and the fact that they have played together for four year’s was evident during their 45-minute set.

The members of County Line Band are a bunch of good ol’ country boys who know how to have a good time onstage and off! Originally formed by Ted Grindstaff and Joe Stimmell, CLB started out playing for their friends at campsites and parties. After getting great feedback and being called on to play almost every weekend, County Line Band decided it was time to take their music to the people of Central and Northeast Ohio. 

They were still missing something, so they added Gabe Franks on the lead guitar,  and after a long search for a drummer, the group found one in Zach Magill, and they started playing at the Iron Pony Saloon in Lakeville, Ohio. Unfortunately, on July 6, 2013 a tragedy happened and Magill lost his life. He is greatly missed by everyone in the band and is remembered by the band at shows by placing drum sticks somewhere on the stage.

The band took a short time off, but returned to the stage with Ben Schnell, who does creative work on the bass guitar, and at first Josh Wireman on drums, before Sean Ebert, who is now behind the drum kit, kept the beat of CLB going.

County Line Band will be performing at Thirsty Cowboy at the WGAR Country Jam on Saturday, August 6 at Black River Landing in Lorain.

You can find out more about County Line Band and their upcoming performances at their Facebook page or check out their website CountyLineBand.org

Here is a “Live” video of the band rehearsing some new material on the bed of a pickup truck.


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