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.

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Review: Sunny Sweeney’s Honest Examination of a Marriage Gone Sour Defines the Often Edgy ‘Married Alone’

Sunny SweeneyMarried Alone(Thirty Tigers)4 out of 5 stars Even when Texas singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney was signed to major labels, she exhibited a feisty streak that didn’t entirely fit with the commercial radio sound her handlers likely wanted her to succeed in. That doesn’t lessen the quality of “From a Table Away,” her first smash from More

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REVIEW: The Black Angels Set Their Controls for the Heart of the Sun on ‘Wilderness Of Mirrors’

The Black AngelsWilderness of Mirrors(Partison Records)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Oh, by the way, which one’s Pink? is Pink Floyd’s classic scathing takedown of clueless record company executives in “Have a Cigar.” But concerning The Black Angels, the question might be rather …which one’s Syd? The reference is to Syd Barrett, Floyd’s founder and More

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Review: Nikki Lane is at Her Best on ‘Denim & Diamonds’

Nikki LaneDenim & Diamonds(New West)3 1/2 out of 5 stars As collaborations go, country-tinged Nikki Lane working with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and his band is up there with Jack White producing Loretta Lynn. That partnership created one of Lynn’s finest late career sets and the Homme/Lane pairing on this, the More

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Review: ‘The Misfit’ Typifies Rhett Miller’s Schizophrenic Career

Rhett MillerThe Misfit(ATO)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Few artists can successfully juggle both individual careers and working with a band simultaneously. Rarer still are those who front outfits active for thirty years, and even less with groups whose membership has stayed unchanged for that time. That puts the prolific Rhett Miller nearly in a More

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Review: Derek Hoke Climbs His ‘Electric Mountain’ with Riveting Sonics and Evocative Atmosphere

Derek HokeElectric Mountain(3Sirens Music)4 1/2 out of 5 stars You don’t have to live in Nashville to know Derek Hoke….but it helps. The veteran singer/songwriter has been quietly releasing terrific, if decidedly under-the-radar, albums since 2009, but hasn’t seen much traction in the commercial sphere. However, as the host of East Nashville’s iconic club The More

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Review: GA-20 Cracks Down on Their Raw, Proudly Retro Blues

GA-20Crackdown(Karma Chief/Colemine)4 out of 5 stars Two guitars, drums…go! That’s the mantra of blues rocking trio GA-20. With a few well-received albums in their catalog and enough road miles on their van for a dozen other acts, these guys are serious about taking electric blues back to its raw, unembellished roots. They are dug in More

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