Hal Horowitz

Hal Horowitz

Hal Horowitz

Hal has been a professional music journalist since 1994, writing predominately about country, blues, Americana, roots rock and singer/songwriter genres for a variety of publications. He won the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive award for journalism in 2009.

Latest from Hal

2021 Beach Life Music Festival

Review: G. Love Keeps The Blues/Hip-Hop Faith on the Frisky ‘Philadelphia Mississippi’

G. LovePhiladelphia Mississippi(Philadelphonic Records/Thirty Tigers)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Blues music has been stretched, mutated, and pushed over the decades into a variety of styles. Infused with funk, jazz, soul, and of course rock, the genre has persevered through the talents of both traditionalists and artists that reformat and even reinvent its basic musical More

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Review: The Gun Club’s ‘Las Vegas Story’ Expanded/Remixed Reissue Shows Frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce at His Best and Worst

The Gun ClubThe Las Vegas Story (Super Deluxe)(Blixa Sounds)Original Album:4 out of 5 starsReissue: 3 out of 5 stars On the third studio album from The Gun Club, frontman/auteur Jeffrey Lee Pierce apparently wanted to move past the “punk-blues” tag that was somewhat accurately applied to the band’s first few releases. Bringing in a “name” More

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Review: Elton John’s ‘Madman Across The Water’ Gets the Lavish Expanded Treatment to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Elton JohnMadman Across the Water-50th Anniversary Reissue(UMe)5 out of 5 stars I actually think it’s the most American record we ever made, says Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin in the introduction to the hard-bound 104-page book that comes with this lavish, “super deluxe” 50th-anniversary reissue of Madman Across the Water (November 1971). It’s an overview, More

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Review: Michael Rault’s Pure Pop Sparkles as the Music of His Mind

Michael Rault | Michael Rault | (Wick)4 out of 5 stars At one point not that long ago, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/pop auteur Michael Rault might have been considered Canada’s best-kept secret. But since a move to California, he’s become America’s best-kept secret. Hopefully, after the release of this beautifully crafted batch of 10 alternately shimmering and frisky More

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Review: Fantastic Negrito Pushes Away From Blues on the Progressive and Challenging ‘White Jesus Black Problems’

Fantastic NegritoWhite Jesus Black Problems(Storefront Records)4 out of 5 stars What’s this then? A 41-minute socio-political “visual album” (every track has an associated video) song cycle by a guy who has won three Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy Awards but includes virtually no blues on this one? Bring it on. Xavier Dphrepaulezz (aka Fantastic Negrito) More

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Review: Wallis Bird Exhibits Impressive Work on ‘HANDS’

3.5 out of 5 starsHANDS (Mound Silver Records/Soundly Music)  Many won’t recognize Wallis Bird’s name even though she has been creating challenging music since 2007. Perhaps album number seven will change that.   The singer/songwriter was born in Ireland, lived in London, and is now based out of Berlin. She has released six studio albums, a live More

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