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.

Latest from Hal

Bobbie Gentry_First Capitol photo shoot 1967

Review: Bobbie Gentry’s Double CD Distillation is the Perfect Introduction to Her Short but Influential Career

Bobbie GentryThe Girl from Chickasaw County:Highlights from the Capitol Masters(Capitol Nashville)5 out of 5 stars If Bobbie Gentry never recorded anything other than her first single “Ode to Billie Joe” and later “Fancy,” her two biggest hits, she would still hold a significant place in country music history. But there was more, lots more. Enough More

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Review: Bob Marley… With Strings Attached…

Bob Marley & the Chineke! Orchestra Bob Marley & the Chineke! Orchestra(Island/UMe) 3 1/2 out of 5 stars It’s got to be a challenge for the marketing suits at UMe to keep devising innovative ways to re-sell Bob Marley’s durable and timeless catalog. After all, the albums have already been remastered and expanded, there is More

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Tami Neilson

Review: Tami Neilson Captivates on Fifth Album, ‘Kingmaker’

Tami Neilson Kingmaker (Outside Music)  4 out of 5 stars Anyone looking for an Adele or Lady Gaga-style diva in roots music can stop searching now. Tami Neilson fills those large cowboy boots, and more, on her fifth release since 2015.  The pride of Auckland, New Zealand (by way of Canada), hasn’t abandoned her rockabilly More

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Review: Lera Lynn Examines the Changes and Challenges of Motherhood on the Introspective ‘Something More Than Love’

Lera LynnSomething More Than Love(Ruby Range)3 1/2 out of 5 stars With her pandemic album out of the way (the self-recorded, appropriately titled On My Own in 2020), it was time for art/pop/indie/folk singer/songwriter Lera Lynn to try something different. She didn’t have to look far for inspiration. The birth of her first child and More

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2021 Beach Life Music Festival

Review: G. Love Keeps The Blues/Hip-Hop Faith on the Frisky ‘Philadelphia Mississippi’

G. LovePhiladelphia Mississippi(Philadelphonic Records/Thirty Tigers)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Blues music has been stretched, mutated, and pushed over the decades into a variety of styles. Infused with funk, jazz, soul, and of course rock, the genre has persevered through the talents of both traditionalists and artists that reformat and even reinvent its basic musical More

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Review: The Gun Club’s ‘Las Vegas Story’ Expanded/Remixed Reissue Shows Frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce at His Best and Worst

The Gun ClubThe Las Vegas Story (Super Deluxe)(Blixa Sounds)Original Album:4 out of 5 starsReissue: 3 out of 5 stars On the third studio album from The Gun Club, frontman/auteur Jeffrey Lee Pierce apparently wanted to move past the “punk-blues” tag that was somewhat accurately applied to the band’s first few releases. Bringing in a “name” More

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