PERFECT: Thinking outside of the proverbial box is an attribute that is by definition indigenous to the gifts of those who are visionaries. To that effect, after establishing a formidable legacy in film (most recently with a series of acclaimed Hallmark productions) and television (including her ongoing role as Theresa Donovan on NBC television's Days Of Our Lives), veteran actress and Roanoke, Virginia native Jen Lilley has returned to her first love - music - with a vengeance, via the release of her King Of Hearts single and her forthcoming album, scheduled for February 2019 release. In October 2018, Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell spoke at length in with Lilley about her various triumphs in film and television, as well as her musical vision and her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ (as well as its resultant altruism). (Click on the Jen Lilley Interview link under the Previous Posts heading at right for the full story). (Click on the above image to enlarge). 

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Welcome to the official web site for Blitz, The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People. Since 1975, Blitz has been the leading voice for the discerning music enthusiast. Blitz Magazine was also one of the first magazines of its kind to embrace the internet, having also been online since January 1996.

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Follow the fascinating and unfolding tale (through her favorite music) of the life and times of Blitz Magazine's late and beloved Photo Editor, Audrey McDowell, as told by her husband, Blitz Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell. A Facebook exclusive! "Like" us on Facebook at Blitz Magazine - The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People, and watch for further installments.


For more than a half century, Randy And The Rainbows have been in the forefront of the vocal harmony experience. We salute dear friend, group co-founder and lead vocalist Dominick "Randy" Safuto, who succumbed to a lengthy battle with coronary disease on 16 October. 

Vocalist, actress and Days Of Our Lives vet Jen Lilley returns to her first love - music - with the 05 October release of her Adrian Gurvitz-produced single, King Of Hearts.

We salute the beloved rock and roll visionary, extraordinary session vocalist and dear friend Bernadette Carroll in a free standing article, Bernadette Carroll Memorial Tribute under the Previous Posts heading at right.

In a free standing article, we pay tribute to dear friend and CKLW The Big 8 alumnus Bill Gable, who passed away suddenly on 18 September at age 69. (Click on CKLW Bill Gable Memorial Tribute under Previous Posts heading at right).

Prayers in progress for (Young) Rascals guitarist and co-founder Gene Cornish, who is recovering after collapsing on stage in Billings, Montana on 07 September while performing with Rascals co-founder and keyboardsman Felix Cavaliere.

The world of music mourns the passing of the legendary Aretha Franklin, who lost her protracted battle with pancreatic cancer on 16 August. We take an in depth look at her extraordinary sixty-two year recording career, along with commentary from admirers and colleagues.

In a free standing article (see Jack Scott Concert Review link under Previous Posts at right) beloved rock and roll giant Jack Scott brought the house down in fine fashion during his headlining appearance at the annual Birthday Bash celebration for the city of Warren, Michigan in August.

She and her brother were among the world's most renowned guitarists. Lorrie and Larry Collins pooled their considerable talents for a long and productive run at Columbia Records as the Collins Kids, beginning in 1955. We look back at the extraordinary career of Lorrie Collins, who passed away suddenly at age 76.

The extraordinary six decade career of JIVE FIVE front man and  co-founder EUGENE PITT was one of the most inspiring in all of music. Blitz Magazine salutes this vocal group pioneer and fellow musicologist and record collector.

The back to back passings on 24 June of LEFT BANKE drummer and co-founder GEORGE CAMERON and WABC-AM veteran and radio pioneer DAN INGRAM brought to mind the enormity of the loss, as well as the fact that many of their target audience may not have appreciated their contributions to the degree that they should have. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes the masses to task accordingly.

Prayers in progress for Monkees co-founder and lead guitarist Michael Nesmith. The band was forced to postpone the final four dates of its current tour (billed as "The Mike and Micky Show" with Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz) due to illness.

With the passing on 13 June of Blue Moon Boys drummer D.J. Fontana, the transition of the band that helped launch the career of Elvis Presley is complete. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell reflects upon Fontana's extraordinary career.

Five Satins co-founder and lead vocalist Fred Parris and his wife Emma thankfully escaped injury when their Connecticut hone was damaged by a tornado on 25 May.

Prayers are in progress for Dominick "Randy" Safuto, co-founder and lead vocalist of vocal group pioneers Randy And The Rainbows, who has been hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest.

Legendary vocal virtuoso Mel Carter has taken a giant leap forward by weighing in on the topic of gun violence in his most recent single, Raise The World - Sing Louder Than The Gun. Exclusive commentary by Carter himself here. 


The prolific sibling duo, Paul And Barry Ryan at last gets their due in terms of a comprehensive anthology CD, thanks to Ash Wells' Teensville label.

The psych phase of the still very much active veteran rocker Marty Wilde's six decade career finally sees proper documentation with Abergavenny: The Philips Pop Years 1966 - 1971, an all new CD anthology, also on Ash Wells' Teensville label.

The younger brother of rhythm and blues legends Art and Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville finally gets his due with the release of a five CD retrospective box set, Endangered Species: The Complete Recordings. We take a look at the eleven track sampler disc from that collection.

Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes an in depth look at the eight volume WJBK Hits Various Artists anthology series, which chronicles a wealth of essential and obscure singles from the weekly charts published by that legendary Detroit radio station from 1956 to 1964. 


Pennsylvania cousins Sharon Lee and Karen Lynn comprise the Bookends, whose all new Far Away But Around album for the Otto Raw label is generating considerable enthusiasm among musicologists and record collectors, as well as enthusiasts of first and second generation garage rock.

Composer, vocalist, keyboardsman and Late Night show bandleader Jon Batiste embraces a wide variety of material (both original and from outside sources) on his Verve Records debut solo album, Hollywood Africans.

Also on Verve is Combo 66, the latest album of original material by acclaimed guitarist John Scofield, augmented by the remarkable keyboard stylings of Gerald Clayton.

The Nashville, Tennessee-based husband and wife duo, the Smoking Flowers are once again all over the musical map with a rich variety of inspirations in their latest Bandaloop Music vinyl LP release, Let's Die Together

Multi-instrumentalist and former Sunflower label recording artist Les Fradkin joins such thinking outside the box veterans as Jeremy Morris and Question Mark And The Mysterians lead guitarist Bobby Balderrama in taking an otherworldly musical journey with his latest Bongo Boy Records release, Escape From Earth.

Blues legend John Mayall continues in peak form with the release of his most recent live album (recorded in 2017), Three For The Road on the Forty Below label.

Moving Sidewalks co-founder and guitarist Billy F. Gibbons takes the blues to a much needed next level with this second solo release, The Big Bad Blues for Concord Records.