Photograph by Ilya Popenko
"Roots revivalist Victor V. Gurbo and his four-piece backing band create original folk ballads infused with an Americana spirit...voted the Brooklyn Borough Champion at WNYC & WQXR's Battle of the Boroughs, Gurbo & Co. pay homage to the canon of American song and poetry with a raw, bluesy, foot-stomping sound that’s both classic and contemporary."
- Brooklyn Academy of Music
Victor V. Gurbo is a Brooklyn-native musician, artist and luthier. Active since 2012, Victor and his band have played at iconic NYC venues such as The Greene Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, City Winery, The Highline Ballroom, and many more. His songwriting is inspired by traditional American folk music, as well as its revival in the 1940’s-60’s by artists such as Bob Dylan. He also dives deep into classical and archaic literature which he studied at the Macaulay Honors College, to resurrect their narratives in modern song. Victor’s songs are characterized by their lyrical composition and vivid rhyme schemes. Victor V. Gurbo & Co.’s eponymous first full studio album features seven original songs, two of which were performed at WNYC/WQXR’s Battle of the Boroughs’, where the band took home the Brooklyn championship.
"What I liked about [Victor V. Gurbo & Co.'s "Burnin' the Manor Down"] was it wasn't just like a nostalgia trip. There was the sound of old New York there, but there was also the sound of modern New York. And it wasn't just because you were playing electric, it wasn't just because your first line was lifted from a Beatles song - because lets face it, The Beatles are a lot closer to the depression than they are to our time. There was kind of an edge; a snarling punk edge to this music - and at the same time it was really evoking sounds we probably heard in New York City from the late 20s early 30s. And really the way you pulled that off and made it - as I said, not just a nostalgia trip. That was really great."
- John Schaefer (Host of NPR's Soundcheck)