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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George Harrison

Review: George Harrison’s 1970 Solo Album ‘All Things Must Pass’ Gets A Sumptuous 50th Anniversary Overhaul

George HarrisonAll Things Must Pass-50th Anniversary Edition(Apple/Capitol/UMe)5 out of 5 stars “I went to George’s Friar Park…estate and he said ‘I have a few ditties for you to hear.’ It was endless! He had literally hundreds of songs, and each one was better…than the other,” said late producer Phil Spector about his first encounter with More

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Nobody's Girl

Review: Nobody’s Girl’s Self-Titled Album

3.5 out of 5 StarsNobody’s Girl | Nobody’s Girl | (Lucky Hound Music) If one voice is potent, then three must pack triple the punch.   That’s the concept behind Nobody’s Girl, the Austin-based Texas trio of singing/songwriting women, all of whom had robust, if not overwhelmingly popular, solo careers before joining forces. It worked for the More

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Aretha Franklin

Review: The Iconic Aretha Franklin Finally Gets Long Overdue Career Overview Box Set Complete With Rarities And Previously Unheard Gems

Aretha FranklinAretha(Rhino)5 out of 5 stars It seems impossible that there hasn’t already been a cross-licensed, multi-disc summary of Aretha Franklin’s work before this. After all, she was, and remains, the undisputed Queen of Soul; an iconic figure with an enormously influential catalog of hits and deeper tracks covering R&B, blues, rock, pop, jazz, and More

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The Allman Brothers Band

Review: The Brothers Close Down The Allman’s Long, Influential Career With A 3 1/2 Hour Extravaganza

The BrothersMarch 10, 2020/Madison Square Garden/New York, NY-CD/DVD/Blu-ray(Peach Records)4 out of 5 stars No one stayed up late finding a snappy name for this live tribute/reunion of The Allman Brothers Band members on this pre-pandemic one-night stand at the titular venue. Liner notes from Allman Brothers Band scholar John P. Lynskey explain that the idea More

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Molly Burch

Review: Molly Burch Sheds Her Singer/Songwriter Persona And Hits The Retro Dance Floor On The Slick ‘Romantic Images’

Molly Burch Romantic Images|(Captured Tracks)3 out of 5 stars It won’t take long for fans of singer/songwriter Molly Burch to realize she has changed direction, somewhat radically, on her third set of originals. From the glamour shot cover featuring the singer/songwriter’s glittering blond hair in a bright fresh do, to the slick production courtesy of More

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Roky Erickson

Review: Roky Erickson’s Songs Get Elevated On A Belated, Heartfelt Follow-Up To 1990’s ‘Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye’ 

Various ArtistsMay The Circle Remain Unbroken:A Tribute to Roky Erickson(Light in the Attic)4 1/2 out of 5 stars The music business needs more people like Bill Bentley. The long time industry veteran has been a tireless supporter for many fringe artists, none more so than Roky Erickson. Over the decades, Bentley has almost single-handedly raised More

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Tedeschi Trucks

Review: Derek Trucks Comes Full Circle Performing The Entire ‘Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs’ Live With His Sprawling Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band Featuring Trey AnastasioLayla Revisited (Live at Lockn’)(Fantasy)4 out of 5 stars No one was asking for a song by song remake of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970). It’s an album so definitive that even its originator Eric Clapton never played all of it in concert with the original band, let More

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