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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Brendan Benson

Review: The Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson Goes ‘Low Key’ on His Totally Solo Pandemic Album

Brendan BensonLow Key(Schnitzel)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Those who only know singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brendan Benson from playing shotgun to Jack White in the guitar-heavy Raconteurs have been exposed to just one aspect of the talented artist. The Detroit-bred Benson has been releasing solid, imaginative, power-pop albums intermittently since 1996. While they have been well received More

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Review: Melissa Carper’s Soulful Ramblin’ is a Charming Late Year Americana Highlight

Melissa CarperRamblin’ Soul(Mae Music/Thirty Tigers)4 out of 5 stars The contemporary queen of Western Swing changes her approach slightly in this follow-up to the jazzy and appropriately titled Daddy’s Country Gold (2021). It’s a smart move for Melissa Carper since this folksy direction allows her to expand her musical map without sacrificing the old-timey feel More

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Emily Nenni

Review: Emily Nenni is Just a Honky-Tonk Girl

Emily NenniOn the Ranch(Normaltown/New West)3 1/2 out of 5 stars I’m a honky-tonk girl who’s just getting started, says Nashville by way of California singer/songwriter Emily Nenni as the lead-up to her second full-length release. Judging from the quality of these nine expertly crafted originals (along with one Abba cover) and a voice that’s fresh More

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