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: Singer/Songwriter Jarrod Dickenson Talks Big on ‘Big Talk’

Jarrod DickensonBig Talk(Hooked Records)3 out of 5 stars The title of Nashville by way of New York City, and initially Texas, singer/songwriter Jarrod Dickenson’s third album encapsulates its lyrical slant. Between long-haul COVID, being dropped by his major label, and trying to reconcile the current divisive political situation, he has a lot to say. The More

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Review: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams Channel Levon Helms’ Spirit

Larry Campbell & Teresa WilliamsLive at Levon’s!(Royal Potato Family)4 out of 5 stars The exclamation point is appropriate. Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, New York is the perfect venue for the married duo of veteran multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and about a hundred others) and Teresa Williams to record a live album. More

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Review: Newcomer JD Clayton Proves He’s in it for the Long Haul on ‘Long Way From Home’

JD ClaytonLong Way from Home(self-released)4 out of 5 stars Push play on the opening track of JD Clayton’s debut full length and the initial sound heard are birds chirping, then a softly strummed acoustic guitar. “Hello Good Mornin’” is an appropriate introduction to the Arkansas-based singer/songwriter’s first album. That simple yet honest expression continues through More

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Review: MÅNESKIN Pushes All The Right Buttons on the Rousing ‘RUSH!’

MÅNESKINRUSH!(Arista/Sony)4 out of 5 stars Considering the near-universal appeal of rock and roll, specifically from English-speaking countries like the US, Australia, and the UK, it’s frustrating that more acts from other countries don’t have a larger presence in the genre. Exceptions exist, but generally, there haven’t been many rock groups to break through to the More

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Review: Canadian Americana Duo Whitehorse Shift to Traditional Country on ‘I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying’

WhitehorseI’m Not Crying, You’re Crying(Six Shooter Records)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Look no further than the album’s witty title or songs named “If the Loneliness Don’t Kill Me,” “Scared of Each Other,” and especially the evocative “I Might Get Over This (But I Won’t Stop Loving You”) to understand where married Canadian duo Whitehorse More

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The Meaning Behind “Both Sides, Now” by Joni Mitchell

“Joni Mitchell performed ‘Both Sides, Now’ and the internet is sobbing,” read the headline of one news story after Mitchell’s surprise and intensely intimate reading of her own famous song during an unexpected appearance at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival. That headline captures and consolidates the moment, which quickly turned viral, with the gravitas it More

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