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CNY Living History Center

Posted by  //  August 2, 2016  //  Local Business

Peter Grimm’s dream is to help make the CNY Living History Center known to everyone.  It is a great museum complex that holds three museums in one location for one small price of $10 per adult.  It has the Brockway Truck Museum, TOYS barn (Tractors of Yesteryears), and the Homeville Museum, which is a collection of military, train, and local history.   Peter is once again turning a major event of his life into a ‘fun-raiser’ for the CNY Living History Center.  In 2013, he and Susan were married at the museum, had all their guests make a donation to the museum, and Peter personally matched the total donations.  In 2006, Peter donated the money to purchase the building and in 2011, he made another large donation to complete the renovation of the building so the grand opening could be exactly 35 years after the Brockway Truck plant closed.  He is now celebrating his 75th Birthday by sponsoring a performance by the Nashville, country music duo ‘American Young.’ This party/concert will be held at the CNY Living History Center in Cortland, NY on August 21, 2016 from 2:00 to 7:00pm.  This will be a fund raiser for the museum and birthday party with food, drinks, cake, games, 50/50 raffle, drawing of the guitar raffle, giveaways and more. Everyone is invited to attend for a donation/gift of $37.50 each.  Tickets are available at the museum gift shop or by calling the museum at 607-299-4185, or Susan Grimm at 914-548-1215.

American Young is made up of Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson. They will be releasing their second CD in early August and it will be available for purchase (and autographing) at this event.  They both started writing songs then were introduced to each other, and are now a great sounding group and Kristy is a great fiddle player.  Information on this great new band can be found on the web at:





The group has also provided a guitar autographed by many country music artists including Lee Brice, Ruthie Collins, Tanner Azzinnaro, Jerrod Niemann, others, and of course, Jon and Kristy, to be raffled off at this event. Raffle tickets are available for $5.00 each at the museum gift shop or by calling the museum at 607-299-4185, or Susan Grimm at 914-548-1215.


There have been 3 million Spotify plays in its first month.  The group has toured the globe to launch their 12-track album Co-Produced by Lee Brice and will be in Cortland, NY August 21, 2016.

In a classic case of “opposites attract,” American Young finds two celebrated songwriters — Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone — joining forces, bringing together a set of influences that run from classic country to modern pop. The result is American Young’s genre-bending debut album, a self-tiled record filled with everything from entwined harmonies and fiddle solos to digital samples.

“Jon’s a perfectionist and a finisher,” explains Kristy, a classically-trained violinist who crossed paths with her future bandmate at a Lee Brice performance in Nashville. “He works harder than anybody I know. I’m all about the vibe and the feel of the moment.”

Jon’s creative journey includes co-writing Lee Brice’s Number 1 single “A Woman Like You” and collectively, as songwriters, they have written not only 11 of the 12 tracks on the album but hits for artists including Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Joey + Rory and more.

Jon and Kristy couldn’t be more different — she drives a Chevy Volt, he rides a Harley; she grew up surrounded by miles of country wilderness, he was raised in the city — but the two complement one another, turning their 180-degree differences into a perfect circle.

“The thing that’s so inspiring for us both is that we’re so different,” Jon adds. “Everything that drives me crazy about her, makes her a star. She’s everything I wish I could be, but once we’re together we’re like Voltron. It becomes selfless; all our needs become secondary to American Young.”

From “Point of View,” whose lighthearted back-and-forth brings to mind John Prine and Iris Dement’s “In Spite of Ourselves,” to the debut single “Love is War,” which combined drew a breathtaking 3 million Spotify plays in just 45 days, the self-titled American Young offers 12 duets that are emotional one minute and electric the next. Lee Brice, the band’s close friend and co-producer, makes an appearance on “Eighteen,” a nostalgic song about rekindling old memories and older relationships. A link to pre-order the album is here:

Releasing August 5 on Curb Records, American Young’s debut will be supported by a string of American and international shows, with the band spreading their brand of country music far beyond their homeland.


Follow American Young on Social Media: AY at CNYLHC August 21

Below are a couple recent articles on American Young.

Rolling Stone Country today:

Huffington Post:

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