2009 Blues Music award winner Mike Zito is one of those rare artist that can sing like nobody’s business, can write songs that instantly grip you, play one hell of a mean Gulf Coast style guitar and has the stage presence to draw in any audience. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO he grew up listening to Van Halen and Led Zepplin and it wasn’t until later he became interested in the great blues men who were from in and around St. Louis.
Mike Zito’s career is one that is quickly on the rise. He is a popular performer under his own name, with his trio The Wheel and with super-group and fellow Sin City Soul and Blues Festival performers, The Royal Southern Brotherhood. The Saint Louis native’s 2011 album Greyhound was nominated for Best Rock Blues Album at the 2011 Blues Music Awards and the song “Roll On” was featured on the mega-hit TV series “Sons of Anarchy.” Zito has worked with a wide range of producers in his young career including David Z (Prince), Jim Gaines (Carlos Santana, Steve Miller Band) and Anders Osborne. Zito’s gritty soulful singing, pure blues rock guitar playing and strong songwriting is laying a foundation for a career that is not close to peaking anytime soon.
On his 2011 Blue Music Award nominated CD (Best Blue Rock) Delta Groove release “Greyhound” he tells the rest of the story of how things could have been much different. He lived a rugged life much like many great musician endings while his beginning had not yet begun. Homeless, addiction, living the life of a criminal Zito had reached his rock bottom before cleaning up and ending up in Texas to live a sober life still today. It would be fair to say that is the time he draws from that creates all the emotion in his guitar style and singing.
In 2009 Zito and Neville won the Blues Music award for “Song of the Year” for “Pearl River” the title track to Zito’s 2009 release. Zito comes armed with raw tone and pure grit that he can turn on a dime into silky smooth guitar melodies but it is the aged depth to his vocal that make Mike Zito stand out amongst the other cats claiming to have “the stuff”.
Some lucky bastards are just born with it!!
Greyhound, produced by Grammy-award winning guitarist/singer/songwriter Anders Osborne, is the continuation of the songwriting process established by Zito on his two previous critically acclaimed recordings on Eclecto Groove Records. His music retains its bluesy Americana charm and big wide-open Texas sound as he explores more personal and introspective themes inspired by that fateful bus trip that helped determine his path in life.
“…his fiery Strat playing elevates each and every song, as do the swallow-your-emotions vocals.” – Vintage Guitar
There have been hundreds of shows, a few albums, and the same desire to make a claim on eternity. That’s where the music lives, and that’s where Mike Zito is destined to go. Thank God for that Greyhound. Mike Zito got there.
“…one of the finest, most creative musicians on the competitive blues-roots scene.” – Blues Revue Magazine
- “Today” Electro Groove Records 2008
- “Pearl River” Electro Groove Records 2009
- “Greyhound” Electro Groove Records 2011
- “Make blues not War ” Ruf Records 2016
“His music flows into the veins and moves the body in ways that can only be described as free and wild…” – Jazz Times
november 4ht 2017 > november 10th 2017
- Guitar/vocals: Mike Zito
- Drums: Matt Johnson
- Bass: Terry Dry
[embedplusvideo height=”412″ width=”680″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1335xLm” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/XlZoeqgX0Eg?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=XlZoeqgX0Eg&width=680&height=412&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep8771″ /]