|Six Strings Under was founded by Cory Jeter at the beginning of 2016. They were founded with the intention of showcasing the music of Cory Jeter, as well as the Johnson City bluegrass sound, created by the variety of musicians brought in by The Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Band members vary according to show and availability, but generally consist of students from the well-known and highly esteemed collegiate bluegrass program. Members may include, but are not limited to, Josh Meade, Brady Wallen, Avery Welter, Troy Boone, Max Etling, Brad Beavers, Carter Giegerich, Katie Griffin and Gary Taylor. Cory, who manages, plays guitar and sings most lead vocals for the group, has played, toured and/or recorded with musicians and bands including: The Jeters, The Grass Pistols(Country Saloon), Rural Route BB, Fork in the Road, The Dirty River Ramblers, exc.
Cory started playing bluegrass guitar in January of 2002, and played his first show with Rural Route BB by August of that year. Throughout the Midwest, Cory was exposed to a large number of talented musicians in his younger years, all of which helped lay the foundation for the musician he has become. Continuing to play in the band his parents had founded and managed, he also branched out during his high school years, playing a number of shows with Jake Simpson, The Jake Simpson Band, and Alexa Whipple, as well as recording with Chelsea Beck and the rock group, Fork in the Road. By high school graduation, Cory had won a number of awards, ranging from youth talent to guitar skill in nature. In 2008, the Jeter family moved to Johnson City Tennessee, where Cory attended ETSU and worked toward a Bachelor of Arts in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music. While Cory was in college and filling in with other bands, The Jeters played a number of notable venues, radio shows, and festivals, gaining local success and popularity while showcasing the family harmony created by Cory and his parents, Galen and Katie.
When competing in musical contests throughout high school, Cory won a number of awards, including his first Martin guitar. He has competed in a number of Midwest events, including the Nation Flatpicking Guitar Championship at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield Kansas.
Cory Jeter’s awards include, but are not limited to:
2005 recipient of 1st place in the NTCMA youth talent competition 2006 recipient of 1st place in the NTCMA flattop guitar competition
Currently, Cory has begun his new project, where he manages, plays guitar and sings for Cory Jeter and Six Strings Under. He also fills in with a number of local bands when needed, playing guitar or bass. Outside of music and explaining the name choice of the band, Cory works at a local burial park as a cemetery specialist.