Author Archives: Greg Victor

About Greg Victor

Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the world for Parcbench... from the Biennale in Venice, to Centre Court in Wimbledon, to Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, Tennessee. He is based in New York City and frequently on the road.

GLORIANA’s Sizzling New Single – “Trouble”

Gloriana — “Trouble” (single) ***½ (out of 4 stars) They’re the best trio in country music, and they just released a new single. It’s called “Trouble.” After introducing the song to crowds all summer, when they toured with Rascal Flatts, … read more »

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New Bluegrass/Gospel: Larry Stephenson Band’s ‘Pull Your Savior In’

Larry Stephenson Band — Pull Your Savior In *** (out of 4 stars) Label: Whysper Dream Music Celebrating their 25th anniversary with their latest CD, The Larry Stephenson Band has put out a collection of bluegrass and gospel songs that … read more »

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Love Country Music? Bad News: Ariana Grande & Meghan Trainor To Perform On “The CMA Awards”

Do they never learn? Looks like there is no stopping the Country Music Association (CMA) from continuing to decrease the pleasure of country music in its constant goal of increasing the TV audience on Country Music’s Biggest Night — Wednesday, … read more »

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New Blues: Rory Block’s ‘Hard Luck Child’

Rory Block — Hard Luck Child ***½ (out of 4 stars) Label: Stony Plain Records The always dependable Stony Plain Records has just released Rory Block’s new album, Hard Luck Child: a Tribute to Skip James. On the album, the … read more »

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New Tunes: Jesse Brewster’s ‘March of Tracks’

Jesse Brewster – March of Tracks *** (out of 4 stars) ‘March of Tracks’ is Jesse Brewster’s follow up to his critically acclaimed album, ‘Wrecking Ball at the Concert Hall.’ Delivering his music in his usual creative style, the northern … read more »

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New Bluegrass: The Earls of Leicester

The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester *** (out of 4 stars) Label: Rounder Records The Earls of Leicester are Barry Bales (bass), Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp (lead vocals and guitar), Charlie Cushman (banjo), Johnny Warren (fiddle) and … read more »

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‘CMA Country Christmas’ Airs Dec. 1 on ABC-TV

Some of the biggest names in music will come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted for the fifth year by Jennifer Nettles airing Monday, Dec. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. … read more »

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‘On the Town’ Is Back On Broadway!

The original production of On the Town, in 1944, marked the Broadway debut of four artists – all in their 20s — who would go on to create some of Broadway’s most iconic shows: Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green … read more »

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New Folk/Rock: John Brazile’s ‘North Country’

John Brazile – North Country *** (out of 4 stars) He may be from the North (he grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts), but his soul is (if not in the South) clearly in the country. Actually, he makes music that … read more »

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The 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Winners

The winners of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards were revealed in a ceremony at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C., last Thursday night (Oct. 2). The winners of the 2014 IBMA Awards: Hall of Fame Inductees: … read more »

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