Steve Horowitz

Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.
AJ Lee & Blue Summit Take Bluegrass to the ‘City of Glass’

AJ Lee & Blue Summit Take Bluegrass to the ‘City of Glass’

AJ Lee & Blue Summit’s City of Glass consistently showcases the distinctive gifts of each performer and the magic that happens when they all play together.

Rory Block Pays Tribute to Bob Dylan and New York Roots

Rory Block Pays Tribute to Bob Dylan and New York Roots

Blues singer/guitarist Rory Block reaches back to her youth for inspiration in this tribute to Bob Dylan, choosing tunes that “touched her heart and soul”.

The Felice Brothers Seek Company in the ‘Valley of Abandoned Songs’

The Felice Brothers Seek Company in the ‘Valley of Abandoned Songs’

The Felice Brothers present us with a world where we can sing along with our imaginations and know we are all brothers and sisters on life’s journey.

Laurie Lewis Knows We Are Just a Blink Compared to ‘Trees’

Laurie Lewis Knows We Are Just a Blink Compared to ‘Trees’

Folk singer-songwriter Laurie Lewis reminds us to be kind to each other and appreciate the good things in life, like trees and the natural world—and John Prine.

Jack McKeon Teaches Us to Be Kind on ‘Talking to Strangers’

Jack McKeon Teaches Us to Be Kind on ‘Talking to Strangers’

Singer-songwriter Jack McKeon volunteers his newly gained knowledge and instructs listeners to talk to strangers as a way of being kind on his debut album.

Jessica Pratt Addresses the Mystery Found in the Pitch

Jessica Pratt Addresses the Mystery Found in the Pitch

On Here in the Pitch, indie folk’s Jessica Pratt offers an aural world where opposites are part of the whole. The best interpretation is to accept the mystery.

Kim Richey Knows ‘Every New Beginning’ Starts with an Ending

Kim Richey Knows ‘Every New Beginning’ Starts with an Ending

Every New Beginning offers a listening place where one’s heart can grow wings through the magic of singer-songwriter Kim Richey’s art.

Jesse Daniel Counts the Miles Behind Him

Jesse Daniel Counts the Miles Behind Him

Jesse Daniel’s Countin’ the Miles reminds of the country music once was without sounding cliched. The songs are like the B-sides of old 45s on diner jukeboxes.

Curtis McMurtry Takes on Spring with ‘The Pollen & The Rot’

Curtis McMurtry Takes on Spring with ‘The Pollen & The Rot’

In The Pollen & The Rot, folk singer-songwriter Curtis McMurtry casts spring as the season as when sex and longing overwhelm the senses and turn us into beasts.

Ugandan Jon Muq’s Music Is Warm and Familiar on ‘Flying Away’

Ugandan Jon Muq’s Music Is Warm and Familiar on ‘Flying Away’

Jon Muq’s voice and presence come off as natural and unaffected. One has to listen carefully to appreciate the breadth and the subtlety of his talents.

Emily Nenni Sings with a Twang on ‘Drive & Cry’

Emily Nenni Sings with a Twang on ‘Drive & Cry’

Emily Nenni’s Drive & Cry is an excellent example of how country music has evolved without necessarily changing. It all depends on who is singing.

Kelsey Waldon Finds Inspiration In What Came Before Her

Kelsey Waldon Finds Inspiration In What Came Before Her

As Kelsey Waldon sings on Ola Belle Reed’s triumphant “I’ve Endured”, the Kentucky country artist knows these songs have lasted for a reason.