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 War Remains Focused on ‘ANARCHIST GOSPEL’

SUNNY WARANARCHIST GOSPEL(New West)3 1/2 out of 5 stars The road that led to folk singer Sunny War’s first high-profile indie release was tougher and fraught with more harrowing experiences than most deal with in a few lifetimes. Addicted to alcohol, meth, and heroin at a young age, and also homeless for a while, she More

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Review: Erik Vincent Huey Takes an Unflinching Look at West Virginia’s Forgotten People in ‘Appalachian Gothic’

Erik Vincent HueyAppalachian Gothic(The Orchard/Appalachian AF)4 1/2 out of 5 stars “Just can’t escape the Appalachian Blues,” Erik Vincent Huey growls on the opening track to his first solo album. And he should know. The one-time member of outlaw country rockers, The Surreal McCoys, grinds out 13 tunes whose lyrics reflect the obstacles and dead-end More

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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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