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.

New Christmas Music: Sara Evans’ ‘At Christmas’

Sara Evans — At Christmas Label: RCA Nashville Anyone who records the full version, including all the verses, of “O Holy Night” is all right by me. It’s one of the Christmas songs that, when performed well, never gets old. … read more »

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Frankie Moreno’s Romantic New Single (“Dreaming Out Loud”)

Frankie Moreno — “Dreaming Out Loud” (single) Label: Bermuda Records It begins with a hushed harmony promising “forever”… maybe like what a heartbeat sounds like when that “at first sight” thing happens… and the song only gets more romantic from … read more »

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Country Star Randy Houser and Eckrich Invite Military Family To Be “Like A Cowboy”

Platinum-selling country music star and American Country Countdown Awards Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Randy Houser partnered with Eckrich to honor a military family with a night of surprises on November 22, during Houser’s appearance at Royal Farms Arena … read more »

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The ParcBench Guide To What’s On TV For The Holidays

What would Christmas be without family and friends gathered around the warm glow of a TV watching their favorite holiday classics? The number of Christmas movies and TV specials that will air during the 2014 holiday season is staggering. What’s … read more »

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New Holiday Tunes: The Roys’ ‘Bluegrass Kinda Christmas’

The Roys — Bluegrass Kinda Christmas Label: Rural Rhythm Records The first must-have Christmas album of the season is Bluegrass Kinda Christmas, from The Roys. Included are holiday favorites that have a familiar, rural flavor to them, like Merle Haggard’s … read more »

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‘The Art of McCartney’ (a.k.a., ‘The Art of the Marketing’)

Oh well. When you see a lineup like the one assembled for the latest Paul McCartney tribute album (‘The Art of McCartney’), you’d think that the majority of tracks would make sitting through the entire 42-song double CD worthwhile. Not … read more »

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Country Music’s Chase Bryant: A Fast Rising Debut (“Take It On Back”) From A Talent With True Staying Power

Chase Bryant makes country music. But you might say he does it the hard way, since he plays a right-handed guitar upside down and backwards. Still, the 22-year-old from Texas is chasing a dream called Nashville. And no matter how … read more »

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New Country Gospel: James Hand – ‘Stormclouds in Heaven’

James Hand — Stormclouds in Heaven Label: Slim Hand Music A West Texas legend, James Hand, recently released his latest album, Stormclouds in Heaven. It is as old school country gospel as you could ever hope for, and it is … read more »

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Eric Church Debuts On “Austin City Limits”

New Episode Premieres November 15th on PBS “Austin City Limits” (ACL) proudly presents an hour with music sensation Eric Church. The episode premieres Saturday, November 15th at 9pm ET/8pm CT as part of the iconic PBS music series’ milestone Season … read more »

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A Fine New Country Pop Voice: Maggie Chapman — ‘Vignette’

Maggie Chapman — Vignette Label: Creative Nation Records We seem to be entering another, very welcome period of female musical integrity, with singer/songwriters (Kacey Musgraves, for example) who are equally adept at constructing a profound lyric as a musical hook. … read more »

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