Mike Zito

Mike Zito

LINEUP: Mike Zito, vocals and guitar; Doug Byrkit, bass; Matt Johnson, drums. INSIDE TRACK: With honesty, integrity and authenticity in both songwriting and performance, he strives “to make every word count.”. FUN FACTS: Zito has won numerous awards at the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenn. for...
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Lizzie Rose Music's Pavilion in the Pines series presents Mike Zito

(TUCKERTON, NJ) -- On Sunday August 21, 2022 at 7:30pm, Lizzie Rose Music presents The Pavilion in the Pines with a performance by Mike Zito at the Atlantic Shore Pines Campground in Tuckerton. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the show. The event takes place under a covered pavilion and is held rain or shine.
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Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia: Can Blue Men Sing the Whites?

It was back in 1968 that the Bonzo Dog Band tendered the immortal question in this article's title, but it remains an interrogatory relevant to our times. In the sizable community devoted to blues music around the world, passion for music too often leads to posing by too many practitioners of the genre. Not so with Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia: in building their respective careers of some renown, both have proven they can deliver song and musicianship without undue affectation. And they continue to do so with as much authority as panache on I Got Love and Blues From The Southside: aided and abetted in their efforts by collaborators whose depth of engagement with the music equals their own,the two bandleaders' collective efforts lends authenticity and credibility to legitimate interpretation(s) of contemporary blues.
Port Arthur News

MARY MEAUX — Nederland’s Mike Zito earns best Blues Rock Album Award

I’ve a fan of the blues. The smooth guitar, the beat of the music whether it’s up-tempo or cool and slow, a voice that captures the soul. There’s the old timers like Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, whom I only recently discovered, who is kick-butt on vocals and guitar. There’s Stevie Ray Vaughn, who, I hate to admit, I didn’t fully appreciate until after his death.
Houston Press

Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia's Blues PDA of "Brotherly" Love

Once a necessity and staple of ‘70s rock and roll culture, the double live record has had less of a significance in the blues genre. That certainly didn’t stop singer/guitarist (and proud current resident of Nederland, Texas) Mike Zito from unleashing Blues for the Southside earlier this year on Gulf Coast Records, a label he co-owns.

Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia Unite for "Blood Brothers" Tour in March and April

Gulf Coast Records announces what promises to be THE blues music tour of the year: “Blood Brothers,” featuring Blues Music Award-winners Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia, which kicks off in late March and goes through April. Both Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia are celebrating the release of blazing...

Review: Blues-rocker Mike Zito creates fiery live double album in Missouri hometown

Mike Zito. Gulf Coast Records. It’s beyond me why someone with Mike Zito’s talent isn’t more of a household name in this part of North America yet. His fiery brand of electric blues-rock is every bit as complex, intriguing, and satisfying as that of many other higher profile guitarists, and he absolutely shreds on many solos. He comes on strong, but in a powerful and confident way, and takes a step back with a gentle touch when needed. In short, he understands the nuances of the blues.

On the Record: Charley Patton, Jesse Correll, Mike Zito, Amy Jay, the Pine Hearts, & Joan Osborne

Charley Patton, Volumes 1–3 (1929–1934). Despite his induction last year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Charley Patton still hasn’t garnered the sort of wide acclaim afforded to such contemporaries as Robert Johnson. Nevertheless, his passionate, unearthly vocals, complex rhythms, distinctive guitar style, and often-dark lyrics had a major impact on Son House and many other Delta blues musicians. His work has also affected artists like Bob Dylan, who tipped his hat to the blues pioneer by recording “High Water (for Charley Patton)” on Love and Theft and – in an interview included in my book Dylan on Dylan – declared, “If I wanted to make a record for me, I’d record Charley Patton songs.”

Review: The Never-Ending Road Brings Mike Zito Home on the Live ‘Blues For The Southside’

“This is a traveling band folks and we’re happy to be doing it,” says Mike Zito when introducing “The Road Never Ends.” The song is not just one of the closing tracks on this live double-disc set, its title has been blues rocking guitarist Mike Zito’s mantra since 2008 when he released his first nationally distributed album. Fifteen years, about a dozen studio recordings, and countless miles later he’s still at it. In 2021 he returned to his St. Louis hometown to blow the doors off The Old Rock House club for nearly two hours. The tapes were running and this is the result.
Mountain Democrat

Mike Zito to rock the house in Sutter Creek

Blues-rock singer-guitarist Mike Zito and his band will perform at Sutter Creek Theatre Saturday, Jan. 22. Zito is one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today and rightfully so. For him, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since.

Mike Zito Releasing Blues For The Southside Double Live Album

Mike Zito has announced that he will be releasing his brand new double live album, that will be entitled "Blues For The Southside", on February 18th. "Blues For The Southside" was captured during Zito's November 26, 2021 performance at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO and features Mike and his band, Matthew Johnson (vocals/drums), Lewis Stephens (piano/organ), Doug Byrkit (vocals/ bass), along with special guests Tony Campanella and Dave Kalz, and Eric Gales, playing some of Mike's classic songs, as well as covers and the brand new title track to this live album.

Mike Zito and his band performing in Morro Bay

– Mike Zito and his band will be performing at The Siren in Morro Bay on Thursday Jan. 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7. Tickets available here. Mike Zito is one of the most widely-recognized artists in the contemporary blues arena. He’s often on the Billboard blues charts. He began playing guitar at the age of five, and by the time he reached his late teens, he was already a fixture on the local St. Louis music scene. He initially released his music independently and then signed with Eclecto Groove Records in 2008. “Pearl River,” the title track of his 2009 album for the label, won Song of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and marked his first collaboration with Cyril Neville, with whom he’d later work in the Royal Southern Brotherhood.
Dallas Observer

10 Best Concerts of the Week: Tha Alkaholiks, Damoyee, Mike Zito and More

With many touring acts spending the holidays at their respective homes, this week's best concerts in North Texas are mostly for the locals. Whether it's a local tribute to Black Sabbath Thursday night or an all-local supporting lineup for a national act like Kellindo Sunday night, local music is virtually everywhere you're wanting to catch any live music at all this week. And with all of North Texas' favorite artists being home for the holidays, there are plenty of exciting acts to introduce to your visiting family and friends. Whether it's a Fort Worth country show, a Deep Ellum rock show or a concert full of your favorite Disney songs, there is something for everyone this week. If you're tapped out from the holidays, there are a couple of free shows to check out, too. Next week, North Texas starts gearing up for the New Year early with an official pre-party show at Bottled Blonde for the Lights All Night festival.

The Stanhope House presents Mike Zito on November 20th

(STANHOPE, NJ) -- Patience and perseverance have been Mike Zito’s stock and trade ever since he began playing the guitar at the age of five. That patience and perseverance has paid off many years later for Zito in a big way as he is now considered among the top bluesmen in the blues world. Mike Zito brings his musical talent - and delightful crowd rapport - to the Stanhope House on Saturday, November 20. The Bob Lanza Blues Band, a popular New Jersey group, will open the evening's show.
Middletown Press

The Kate welcomes blues guitarist Mike Zito Aug. 18

OLD SAYBROOK — With numerous Blues Music Award honors under his belt, Mike Zito, co-owner of Texas-based Gulf Coast Records, recently released his new album with Hillside Global, “Resurrection,” July 16. To celebrate that release, Zito is making a concert stop at The Kate at 8 p.m. Aug. 18, with...