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WELCOME TO BLITZ MAGAZINE'S WEB SITE!


WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME: The Monkees have produced the highlight of the 2018 Christmas season musically with their all new Christmas Party album for Rhino Records (the Target Department Store bonus edition is pictured above, which features two bonus tracks). Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes a closer look at this great new release and other new offerings by Mitch Ryder, Jeremy Morris, the Tidal Waves' Bob Slap and Erin Harpe And The Delta Swingers, as well as Christmas-related developments with Debbie Gibson, Jen Lilley and Charlie O'Brien's big8radio.com.  (Click on the New Christmas Music Releases link under the Previous Posts heading at right for the full story). (Click on the above image to enlarge). 

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET HOME
FOR BLITZ MAGAZINE
SINCE 1975 -
THE ROCK AND ROLL MAGAZINE
FOR THINKING PEOPLE

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.

Here you will find news and updates about all of the key artists essential to the growth and development of rock and roll music and related genres, including rhythm and blues, country and western, jazz and easy listening. For highlights from recent past editions of the Bits And Pieces and Shape Of Things To Come columns, click on the archival postings on the right hand side of this page. Be sure and check back frequently for regular updates.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at BlitzMcD@aol.com.


Michael McDowell
Editor/Publisher
Blitz Magazine
Since 1975 - The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People

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AUDREY'S MUSICAL JOURNEY:

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.

IN THE BITS AND PIECES COLUMN:

The onset of the Christmas Rush (kicked off on 23 November with the Black Friday celebration) has once again generated considerable interest in the best of new releases and essential reissues. Blitz Magazine takes a closer look at the festivities at large, citing a few key essential acquisitions in the process.

In a free standing interview, actress / vocalist Jen Lilley discusses with Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell her extensive work in television (Days Of Our Lives), film (Hallmark's Mingle All The Way) and her forthcoming classic rock and roll and rhythm and blues-inspired album and King Of Hearts single, as well as her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and its resultant altruism (Click on the Jen Lilley Interview link under the Previous Posts column at right for the full story).

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. 

IN THE REISSUES / ANTHOLOGIES SECTION OF
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME COLUMN:

Fifty-three years in the making, the beloved Bayonne, New Jersey-based quintet the Ad Libs has finally seen their 1965 debut album (originally intended for release on the vaunted Blue Cat label) now available at last via the venerable Memphis, Tennessee Sun Records.

Roger Maglio's prolific Gear Fab label has made a significant contribution to the world of first generation garage rock with the release of the ambitious,two CD collection, Complete Recordings, which features the entire body of work to date of the Galveston, Texas-based Countdown Five.

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 late Lee Hazelwood knew no such thing as genre myopia in a career that spanned several decades. The Light In The Attic label has made available for the first time anywhere the 1964 sessions that produced the Cruisin' For Surf Bunnies album by the enigmatic instrumental outfit, Lee Hazelwood's Woodchucks.

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. 

IN THE NEW RELEASES SECTION OF
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME COLUMN:

Veteran greats Tony Bennett and Diana Krall have once again joined forces for a salute to brothers George and Ira Gershwin in their latest Verve/Columbia release, Love Is Here To Stay.

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.