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: Ann Wilson Displays Full Range Remarkable Voice on ‘Fierce Bliss’

Ann WilsonFierce Bliss(Silver Lining Music)3 1/2 out of 5 stars With Heart currently on one of their intermittent sabbaticals, frontwoman/co-founder/vocalist and songwriter Ann Wilson returns to a solo career she has sporadically revisited since her 2007 debut.   Now in her early 70s, Wilson’s distinctive, powerful pipes haven’t lost any of their soulful command on this More

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Monophonics Check Into The ‘Sage Motel’ For More Sumptuous Retro Soul

MonophonicsSage Motel(Colemine)3 out of 5 stars No one has to spend much time wondering what a band called Monophonics is about. Between their retro-inspired name and their Colemine record label’s old school R&B-centric dynamic, this is a band that revels in the past. Frontman/producer/multi-instrumentalist (and a solo artist under his own name) Kelly Finnigan is More

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Review: Robin Trower Stays The Course on ‘No More Worlds To Conquer’

Robin TrowerNo More Worlds to Conquer(Provogue)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Tone and tempo. Those audio trademarks have always separated Robin Trower’s approach from that of other blues-rockers. Over the 50 years of his professional life, his style has seldom been about speedy fretwork, frenetic fingering, or showy acrobatics. Rather he relies on a simmering More

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Review: Painted Shield Uses Technology To Create Compelling Music

Painted ShieldPainted Shield 2(Loosegroove)3 1/2 out of 5 stars If the pandemic has proven anything it’s that bands can record credible and successful albums without seeing each other, let alone playing in the same space. Less than a decade ago, that was a rare occurrence, now it’s commonplace. Painted Shield is a perfect example of More

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