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

Sue Foley

Review: Join Sue Foley and Her Guitar ‘Pinky’ for a Texas Blues Bash

Sue FoleyPinky’s Blues(Stony Plain)3 1/2 out of 5 stars The titular “Pinky” is the name Austin by way of Ottawa, Canada’s veteran blues woman Sue Foley bestowed to her iconic pink paisley Fender Telecaster. It’s an instrument that has accompanied her for decades in the roots trenches. And like that guitar, Foley has persevered through More

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Davy Knowles

Review: Blues Rocker Davy Knowles Downplays His Guitar Talents in Favor of Taut Songwriting

Davy KnowlesWhat Happens Next(Provogue)3 out of 5 stars It’s a challenge for young blues rockers like ex-Back Door Slam frontman/guitarist Davy Knowles. They need to write and sing quality original songs while allowing the instrumental work they spent years practicing to be featured. Those two initiatives don’t always align. The highly respected Knowles (Peter Frampton More

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The Velveteers

Review: The Dan Auerbach Produced The Velveteers Debut is a Dark Themed Gem

The VelveteersNightmare Daydream(Easy Eye)4 out of 5 stars Guitar, two drummers, and… no bass player? Bring it on says Colorado-based The Velveteers. It’s little surprise that Black Keys frontman and Easy Eye studio/label owner Dan Auerbach gravitated to the hard-wired trio. After all, the Keys began their career with just drums and guitar, which, while More

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Loveland Duren

Review: Loveland Duren’s Pop Reflects the Duo’s Memphis Roots

Loveland DurenAny Such Thing(Edgewood Recordings)3 out of 5 stars It’s impossible to listen to Vicki Loveland and Van Duren’s third album as Loveland Duran and not hear how the Memphis duo infuses their hometown’s sound into the music. From recording some of these soulful slices at the city’s legendary Royal and Ardent studios to the More

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Jesse Malin

Review: The Double Album Length ‘Sad And Beautiful World’ Explores Both Sides Of Jesse Malin’s Talents

Jesse MalinSad and Beautiful World(Wicked Cool)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Dedicated artists get knocked down but invariably pick themselves up, dust off, and continue creating. Jesse Malin could have dismissed the music business after his initial stab at fame in the critically well-received but commercially disappointing band, D Generation, and tossed in the towel More

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Brian Setzer Rumble album cover

Review: ‘Gotta Have the Rumble,’ Brian Setzer

Brian Setzer | Gotta Have the Rumble | (Surfdog) 3 1/2 out of 5 stars  There aren’t many musicians who can be credited with reviving one style of music thought to be long dead, let alone two. But Brian Setzer, as a member of the Stray Cats, recharged interest in rockabilly during the ’80s. He then generated an entirely More

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