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: 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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Lee Fields

Lee Fields and Daptone Records Make a Perfect Pair on the Searing ‘Sentimental Fool’

Lee FieldsSentimental Fool(Daptone)4 out of 5 stars Back in 1997, Rhino issued a mammoth collection of soul hits and rarities titled Beg, Scream and Shout! Along with many ’60s highlights, they, unfortunately, missed including Lee Fields, who released his first single in 1969. Fields however remains active, promoting the qualities of that box’s descriptive title. More

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