Blues Virtuoso Mike Zito Ascends With New Album ‘Resurrection’ Produced by Grammy Winner David Z
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On July 16, co-owner of Texas-based Gulf Coast Records, Mike Zito, will release his new
With numerous blues music award honours already under his belt, Mike provides a remedy for ravenous ears, and he unleashes 11 of the most exquisite Blues, Rock, n Soul treasures. The highly anticipated 'Resurrection' is brimming with deep and nail-biting melodies, which not only showcase Zito's strengths as a composer, with eight original songs that sparkle. But also as an interpreter of other compositions, with scintillating and influential takes on tunes from JJ Cale ("I'll Make Love To You"), Eric Clapton ("Presence of the Lord") and Willie Dixon ("Evil").
Mike's personal message hits home from the outset, with him pouring raw emotion and melancholy into every vocal hook. It is an album about resurgence, with Mike citing it as a 'rebirth'; it truly is the light at the end of the tunnel for what has been a year to overlook. Also, the striking guitar riffs cut through the mix sharper than the serpent's tooth. Likewise, the bluesy flow which springs out of each track is compelling, and Mike Zito recaptures the rock n soul soundscape, which shone yesteryear but in a new light!
Producing the new release is the highly commended Grammy-winner David Z, best known for his long-standing work with Prince. He has also contributed to albums by Etta James, Billy Idol, BoDeans, Buddy Guy and John Mayall, among many others. Plus, joining vocalist Zito who plays the guitar, are many musicians who've played with him for several years, including Matthew Johnson on the drums. Doug Byrkit plays the bass guitar, Lewis Stephens at the piano and organ, Zach Zito on the acoustic guitar and backing vocalist Lisa Andersen.
Speaking about the new release, Mike said: "I have songs in me and musical ideas all of the time. I write what I can when I can and try to save it all for posterity. Some of the songs are just songs, and they don't always have meaning for me, and some become very personal. For me to sing songs and feel them with real emotion, they need to be somewhat personal."
"Even songs I did not write, I need to feel they explain a part of my thinking or how I am feeling about love, sex, life, death, the world... Resurrection is an album of feelings, emotions and is very personal. The title track is how I once almost lost my love, but it came back stronger than ever. I have had this song in me for years, but it only makes sense now to share it with the world. After the year we have had on planet Earth, I believe we all need a rebirth. This rebirth has allowed me to be who I want to be musically and artistically."
"I wrote and recorded the music I felt strongest about, and I wanted to share it with the world," Zito says. I played my guitar the way I want to play my guitar, not the way anyone says I am supposed to play my guitar. I sang the way I wanted to sing - in my voice. I had David Z produce for me again after a few years apart. We have now worked on seven albums together, and I believe he understands my music and helped me to shape this album to be strong in the year 2021."
"This is an album that requires deep listening from beginning to end. The album cover art is an original painting by an amazing South Korean Artist, Yool Kim. She has captured the feeling of soul and light at the end of the struggle. I am excited for people to hear this music. I believe it is a wonderful album of songs, stories, and sonic waves of electric guitar that convey darkness before the dawn. I am once again excited about love and life and music."
Mike Zito's last release, 'Quarantine Blues,' was recorded in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, and it served as a healing love letter to his fans around the world that heralded better days ahead if we'd all stick together. His album before that was a tribute to fellow St. Louis native and rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry. It featured an array of guest guitarists ranging from Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout and Eric Gales to Robben Ford, Luther Dickinson and Sonny Landreth, as well as Berry's grandson.
'Resurrection’ by Mike Zito is out on July 16. Pre-order from May 21 at http://
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April 30, 2021 6:09am ET by Global Sound Group