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Mike Zito

Mike Zito

Dec 9th 2017 @ Knuckleheads Saloon

Kansas City, MO
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About Mike Zito
Genres:
Blues, Blues Rock, Electric Blues, Blues Guitar, Rock, Blues And Roots, Roots, Originals, Rhythm Power Trio

"One of the finest American blues based singer songwriters" Duncan Beattie - Blues Matters Modern life moves fast. Rolling news. Rapid-fire tweets. A relentless barrag...
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Knuckleheads Saloon
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
8:00 PM
Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120-1514
20 RSVPs
Make Blues Not War Tour - Modern life moves fast. Rolling news. Rapid-fire tweets. A relentless barrage of (mis)information. "Make Blues Not War" is an album that demands you sign out, log off, and turn yourself over instead to the old-fashioned pleasures of great music. “We hear about everything 24/7 now,” says Mike Zito. “The news never stops and it’s all become propaganda. But when you turn off the news and turn on some blues, the world is a beautiful place. I think music is the cure for all ailments. Always has been. Always will be.” Released in 2016 on Ruf Records, "Make Blues Not War" is Mike’s second release since leaving the mighty Royal Southern Brotherhood, his 13th overall – and perhaps his most energetic to date. “Make Blues Not War is a really fun album,” he says, “chock-full of blues with lots of guitar playing. It’s a very upbeat record with intense energy. Blues should make you feel good, and I think this record serves the purpose well.” That atmosphere of positivity began at the album sessions, as Mike tracked alongside Grammy Award-winning producer (and co-writer) Tom Hambridge at the Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. “It was so much fun,” he remembers. “It’s a completely live album, where the musicians all set up and we just hit record and went for it. The energy was awesome and sometimes we’d just be laughing so hard because it was all so intense and exciting.” Mike has spent over two decades on the run. He grew up in a hard-grafting blue-collar home in St. Louis, but after an early job at a downtown guitar shop exposed him to heavyweights like B.B. King, the Allmans and Eric Clapton (then Joe Pass, Robert Johnson and Blind Willie Johnson), he set out as a working musician. By 1997, Mike had released debut album Blue Room, and seemed to be going places. “The first time you hear yourself,” he recalls, “you think, ‘Wow, that almost sounds like music!’” Then came the bumps in the road. By the post-millennium, alcoholism and drug abuse were threatening to rob Mike of his talent and livelihood: a period starkly addressed on the title track from 2011’s acclaimed “Greyhound” album. “I just couldn’t stop,” he admits. “And a lot of the opportunities that I had back then – they kinda went away.” Thankfully, the epiphany of meeting his beloved wife put Mike on a new path. In 2012, he found fresh inspiration in the A-list lineup of Royal Southern Brotherhood, then struck out with acclaimed solo albums "Gone To Texas" (2013) and "Keep Coming Back" (2015). “I have many more hurdles to jump and more goals to strive for,” he says, “but I’m very pleased and thankful with how I’m developing as an artist.” Now comes "Make Blues Not War": another step up for this fascinating journeyman. “I’m so proud of this new album,” says Mike. “It’s about the enjoyment I get when I listen to Johnny Winter and Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Luther Allison. Their music makes me happy and reminds why I wanted to play guitar and play the blues. To be free and honest, loud and proud. I hope everyone enjoys listening to this album as much as I enjoyed making it…”
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About Mike Zito
Genres:
Blues, Blues Rock, Electric Blues, Blues Guitar, Rock, Blues And Roots, Roots, Originals, Rhythm Power Trio

"One of the finest American blues based singer songwriters" Duncan Beattie - Blues Matters Modern life moves fast. Rolling news. Rapid-fire tweets. A relentless barrag...
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Fan Live Reviews
October 12th 2018
Didn’t go
Bernard Allison, Mike Zito - absolutely fantastic. Best concert I’ve been to for a long long time.
June 23rd 2018
he killed it as usual
Jim
Ellison Bay, WI@
Blues On The Bay
August 9th 2017
Mike put on one heck of a show! Overall "Blues on the Bay" was great! Will be back next year!
Tom
Wyomissing, PA@
Building 24 Live
May 1st 2017
Mike was awesome! Download his catalog!
Sally
Bristol, United Kingdom@
The Tunnels
March 26th 2017
absolutely awesome-amazing musician!😊
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