Posts Tagged ‘Mike Zito’

Mike Zito: First Class Life Review

Mike Zito said in relation to his new album: “I had this idea of ‘stepping up’. I want the world to know I can play this music with conviction and style.” He obviously can, as he just won Rock Blues Artist of the Year at the Blues Foundation Awards. First Class Life sees strong vocalist/guitarist […]

Album Releases: May 2018

May’s Album Releases video features new albums from Joe Bonamassa, Dana Fuchs, Steve Hill, and Mike Zito.

Mike Zito to release “First Class Life”

There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose 15th album ‘First Class Life’ comes out May 11 on Ruf Records. The rocking yet poignant title track explores his journey from addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition; he is a two-time 2017 Blues Music Award nominee. “Second chance at a first class […]

Walter Trout: We’re All In This Together Review

We’re All In This Together­–indeed. For his latest studio album, Walter Trout called some of blues’ best performers–and boy did they come through. Each musician featured on this album has serious blues chops; there’s no one musician on here that is more impressive than the rest, though John Mayall and Joe Bonamassa are probably the […]

Walter Trout Interview

Walter Trout is one of the most resilient bluesmen around. Not only has he survived a liver transplant, coming out on the other side of surgery feeling “like I’m in the best time of my life ever,” he’s also still making records that are creative and logistic triumphs. His new 14-track album We’re All in […]

Mike Zito: Make Blues Not War Review

Royal Southern Brotherhood alumnus Mike Zito has a new record called Make Blues Not War. Despite that cutesy political title, Make Blues Not War is far from some kind of serious political statement.  Audiences can rest easy that this is the fun southern tinged blues rock that they have come to expect from Mr. Zito.

Mike Zito and the Wheel: Songs from the Road Review

Songs from the Road by Mike Zito and the Wheel is Mike’s latest album under his own name. This is a burning set of blues-based rock, Americana and soul. This live album is part of a two disc set that also includes a DVD of the show at the Dosey Doe in Houston, Texas. The playing is […]

Mike Zito & The Wheel: Gone to Texas Review

Blues as a genre has never experienced a lack of technical skill.  Unlike radio-pop, which often substitutes instrumentation and performance-quality for auto-tune and synthesized music, or indie or country, which make up for simple instrumentation with ambitious/emotive or experimental structural compositions, blues has consistently valued technical skill as the basis of its being – be […]

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