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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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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Felice brothers

Review: ‘From Dreams to Dust,’ The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers | From Dreams to Dust | (Yep Roc) 4 out of 5 stars  It has been a long and winding road for this upstate New York-based ensemble since its 2007 inception. Once a loose, raw, and dusky group somewhat modeled on The Band, The Felice Brothers have morphed over the years, and eight previous albums, into an edgy, and lyrically inspired outfit.   One More

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bLOW, Colin Linden

Review: ‘bLOW,’ Colin Linden

Colin Linden | bLOW | (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers) 3 1/2 out of 5 stars  Anyone looking to showcase an often-overlooked veteran roots talent as the first signing to their new label couldn’t make a better choice than Colin Linden.  Even though the Nashville by way of Toronto singer/songwriter/producer released 13 previous solo albums, has appeared on over 500 more as More

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Southern Avenue album cover print

Review: ‘Be The Love You Want,’ Southern Avenue

Southern Avenue | Be The Love You Want | (Renew Records/BMG) 4 out of 5 stars  Memphis-based quintet Southern Avenue began as a bluesy outfit that incorporated soul on its 2017 debut. One Grammy nomination later, little has changed on their third release other than its approach has morphed somewhat to a potent soul force that works some blues into its sound.   There More

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Chicago cover

Review: Who is Ready for 16 Hours of Chicago Live at Carnegie Hall?

ChicagoAt Carnegie Hall Complete(Rhino)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Show of hands; how many weren’t satisfied with the existing 4 ¾ hours of highlights from Chicago’s April 1971 week of shows? Who was holding their breath until all eight performances would be available in their entirety, cased in a lavish, super deluxe 16 disc box? More

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Samantha Fish

Review: Blues Rocker Samantha Fish Swims Towards Crossover Acceptance

Samantha FishFaster(Rounder/Concord)3 out of 5 stars It was inevitable. After blues/rocker Samantha Fish left the scrappy Ruff label—which thrust her into moderate yet notable blues semi-stardom—by jumping to the larger indie Rounder (now a subsidiary of the even bigger Concord group), her music was destined to aim for greater crossover appeal. That shift began on More

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Rory Gallagher

Review: Rory Gallagher’s Debut Solo Release Gets a ‘Taste-ty’ Expanded Reissue on its 50th Anniversary

Rory GallagherRory Gallagher-50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition(UMC/UMe)4.5 out of 5 stars Those charged with keeping Irish blues/rock guitarist Rory Gallagher’s memory not just alive but elevated since his untimely death in 1995 have done a superb job. A steady stream of Gallagher releases after his passing (at just 48 years old) includes the usual live music, More

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