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Album Review

Mike Zito is a rocker at heart, influenced by his AOR heroes and the music he grew up with living from St. Louis to Texas. There's a distinct blues element present on this, his fifth CD, but it is subsumed by the Southern-style rock & roll songs he has developed and refined. Playing tunes that define his life, Zito's music needs little explanation or embellishment — he's as straightforward as they come, with no punches pulled. He's prone to get funky on occasion, or go into acoustic unplugged mode, but for the most part, he sticks to tried-and-true upbeat rock songs such as "Love Like This" and "Universe," which define where he's at. The autobiographical "Time To Go Home" seems to show that as much as he loves this life, he's quite able to leave it behind and head for the shed. A tough yet soulful singer, Zito's guitar playing is not all that remarkable, but he gets the job done, and occasionally reflects Wes Montgomery's chords and stingers. What makes this recording a cut above is the excellent backing bands he mixes and matches, including keyboardist Benmont Tench, backup vocalists Theresa James or CeCe Bullard, bassist Hutch Hutchinson, drummer Tony Braunagel, and horn players Joe Sublett and Darrell Leonard, all pulled together by executive producer Randy Chortkoff. While there's a consistency within the repeated same thing, Zito's got a world of potential, and he's just scratching the surface. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Biography

Born: 19 November 1970 in St Louis, MO

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Guitarist Mike Zito was born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 19, 1970. He got his start in music by singing at local events at a young age. As a teenager he picked up the guitar and began playing regularly around his hometown. By 2008 Zito was releasing records on his own self-titled label while touring the U.S; this was also the year he signed with Eclecto Groove Records and released Today. Pearl River was released the following year, and Zito was awarded Song of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music...
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