The Grand Central, a young country band influenced by the traditional hard-driving country and by the polished contemporary sounds coming out of Music City, has developed a powerful repertoire and a serious sound. The band’s electrifying live performances, with a mix of the current chart toppers and classics (in addition to original material), strongly appeal to the fun loving, beer drinking country music fans here in the northeast. The Grand Central has also been converting a few honky-tonk skeptics in the process!
The Grand Central formed in 2009, playing their first show together in Brooklyn, NY. Eric Annibale (guitar/vocals) and Ryan Mustachi (drums) continued to hone their craft and expand their repertoire over the next two years.
The band's continuing success in 2011 culminated with coveted opening slots for several Nashville artists. To date, the band has opened shows for Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann, Randy Houser and several other acts emerging out of Music City.
At the beginning of 2012, the Grand Central began making a presence in Nashville, TN, performing at several honky-tonks on Lower Broadway, including the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. The Grand Central also began taking their act on the road, performing in venues up and down the coast from Boston, MA to Key West, FL and as far west as Kentucky and Tennessee. The Grand Central has also held down the house band slot at Matty T's, Long Island's original honky-tonk, and performed in Nashville during the CMA festival in June 2012.
With their electrifying live show, the band continues to make a name for themselves as being the force at the forefront of the emerging New York country scene.