“I love Mike Zito!” -Anders Osborne “Mike Zito sure is proficient at playing the Blues” -Blues Rock Review He may be one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today, and rightfully so, butfor Mike Zito, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity, and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steeredZito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every efforthe’s offered since. Zito’s new album — his 16th — released this November on Ruf Records and descriptively titled Rock N Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry, finds him broadening his boundaries still further even as it marks a return to his roots. The album consists of 20 Chuck Berry classicsperformed by Zito and an impressive array of 21 guest guitarists, among them Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, Luther Dickinson, Albert Castiglia, Anders Osborne and, significantly, Chuck’s grandson, Charles Berry III. “This was a very special project for me,” Zito says. “I lived in Chuck’s hometown of St. Louis for 32 years, and I worked at a small musical instrument store wherehis drummer also happened to be employed. Chuck’s son would drop by onoccasion as well. He was an icon, and rightfully so. I’ve been playinghis songs since I was a kid. Needless to say, he was a tremendous influence on my career, and, of course, on many other musicians as well.” Read full bio at https://www.mikezito.com/bio.
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