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WELCOME TO BLITZ MAGAZINE'S WEB SITE!


I CANNOT STOP YOU: First generation garage rock legends the Cherry Slush (whose November 1967 I Cannot Stop You 45 for the Coconut Groove and USA labels is one of the genre's definitive masterpieces) recently entered an Atlanta, Georgia studio to record the Darren Dowler-penned When We Were Young, the band's first single since 1969. Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell recently spoke with band co-founders Charlie Woodward (guitar) and Dick Coughlin (drums) about this landmark project. Click on the Cherry Slush Interview link under the Previous Posts heading at right for the full story  (Click on 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.

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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:

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. 

Upon receiving a star on the Palm Springs Walk Of Stars in April, beloved vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, actress and artist mentor Debbie Gibson will pay it forward by hosting her Electric Youth Summer Music Camp in Burbank, followed by work on the sequel to her acclaimed 2016 Hallmark motion picture, Summer Of Dreams.

Although he had been in failing health in recent weeks, the passing of British Modbeats co-founder and lead vocalist Fraser Loveman on 06 April at age 71 came as a considerable shock to those who knew him. Once the subject of a lengthy interview in Blitz Magazine, Loveman's legacy is once again celebrated in the Bits And Pieces column.

One of the great visionary folk-rock inspired bands of all time is mourning the loss of one of its key members. We pay tribute to Ron Shaw, who replaced band founder Lofton Kline in the Pozo-Seco Singers in late 1966. Shaw succumbed to a brief illness on 01 Apri.

His work as an arranger, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist had few peers. We remember the remarkable Jimmy "The Wiz" Wisner (whose 1961 Asia Minor single as Kokomo became one of the decade's definitive instrumentals), who passed away on 14 March at age 86.

Despite battling spinal bifida for most of his life, the legendary Id front man, Jeff Saint John went on to become not only a front runner in the Blue Eyed Soul genre, but a tireless crusader for raising awareness for the disease. We pay tribute to Saint John, who passed away at his Perth, Western Australia home on 06 March.

In a free standing interview, veteran composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dana Countryman joins fellow visionaries Kyle Vincent, Lisa Mychols, Jeremy Morris, Adam Marsland and Rob Martinez in championing a return to positivism and the basics in his original material with his latest Sterling Swan label release, The Joy Of Pop. Editor/Publisher talks with Countryman at length (click on the Dana Countryman Interview link under the Previous Posts heading at right for details).

Also in a free standing piece, Blitz Magazine joined veteran rockers the Cowsills in celebration after the band's triumphant performance at the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, Ohio on 07 April (Click on the Cowsills Concert Review under the Previous Posts heading at right for details).

Also in a free standing interview, veteran five-tool player Jeremy Morris discusses his new garage/psych take on the Gospel with Songs From Another Time, his all new album on the Madrid-based Rock Indiana label with the Lemon Clocks (Click on the Jeremy Morris Interview link under the Previous Posts heading at right for details)

The Pixies Three discuss their plans to persevere as a group in the wake of the December 2017 retirement of original lead vocalist and group co-founder, Midge Neel (a Blitz Magazine exclusive).

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

Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings have once again joined forces to produce an album's worth of previously unreleased material by the legendary composer, vocalist and guitar virtuoso, Jimi Hendrix. Recorded between 1968 and 1970, Both Sides Of The Sky features a healthy cross section of original and cover material, with accompaniment by Lonnie Youngblood, Stephen Stills, Billy Cox, Mitch Mitchell, Johnny Winter, Buddy Miles, Noel Redding and others.

Ash Wells' Teensville label has once again maintained its front runner status with the release of two great compilation CDs. Lookin' For Boys, which features first time stereo release for more than two dozen rare and essential singles by Debra Swisher, Donna Lynn, the Dixie Cups, Diane Christian, the Pin-Ups and others, with exclusive commentary for Blitz Magazine by Swisher. The other collection, My World Of Make Believe, is the label's second excursion into chronicling the world of so-called Sunshine Pop, with crucial tracks by Don Grady, the Tokens, the Razor's Edge, Kris Jensen, the Yellow Brick Road, Ritchie Adams, David Gates, the Joyride and many more.

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:

Pioneering composer and vocalist Chip Taylor adds to his richly diverse legacy of more than a half century with his brand new release for his own Train Wreck label, Fix Your Words.

Veteran composer, vocalist, guitarist and Ottawa, Ontario native Sue Foley has once again set the bar higher for the beleaguered blues genre with her latest release for the Edmonton, Alberta-based Stony Plain label, The Ice Queen.

Guitar virtuoso and McKarrow, Ontario native Kevin Breit has once again confounded expectations with his all instrumental new release for Stony Plain Records, Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas

As Karma Frog Records president Adam Marsland continues his sabbatical overseas, the label's remaining artist roster perseveres with a vengeance, highlighted by Today My Mind------Tomorrow The World, the new collection of ten originals by vocalist and composer Rob Martinez.

First generation garage rock greats, the Tol-Puddle Martyrs (still led by group founder and principal visionary Peter Rechter) have returned with another all new album, Polyphony for the Secret Deals label.

The Hot Texas Swing Band more than lives up to their name with the release of their fourth album, Off The Beaten Trail for Indie Records.