live release from Mike Zito - Blues For The Southside is a tour-de-force 15-track release. When you think of live Blues
music, Mike Zito should come to the forefront as he is not only a master
guitarist, a master playing the Blues, but he is a master performing live. The
release features guitarist Tony Campanella, Eric Gales,
and Dave Kalz along with a band of Blues greats, Matthew
Johnson, Lewis Stephens, and Doug Byrkit. So,
grab a drink and sit back for an evening of spellbinding live Blues where no
reservations are required.
Mike Zito - Blues For the Southside
Mike Zito -
Blues for the Southside - Disc 1: Intro
- Guy Favazza, Mississippi Nights, First Class Life, Blues for the Southside,
Texas Flood, "Mike Speaks," Hell On Me, Back Problems, Makes Blues Not War
Mike Zito -
Blues for the Southside - Disc 2: Highway
Mama with Tony Campanella, Love Her With A Feeling, Wasted Time, Voodoo Chile
with Eric Gales, Dying Day, Life Is Hard, The Road Never Ends with Dave Kalz,
Johnnie B. Goode
Mike Zito: vocals and guitar, Matthew Johnson: vocals and drums, Lewis Stephens: piano/organ,
Doug Byrkit: vocals and bass guitar, Tony Campanella: guitar,
Eric Gales: guitar, Dave Kalz: guitar
Mike Zito -
Blues For The Southside was produced
by Mike Zito and Executive Producer Guy Hale and recorded live at
the Old Rock House, St.
Louis, Missouri on November 26, 2021, and released on the Gulf Coast Records label founded
by Mike Zito and Guy Hale, on February 18, 2022.
guitarist and songwriter Mike Zito has captured the attention of Luxury
Experience for many years. Over the years we have had the opportunity to review
many of his past releases (Mike Zito and The Wheel - Gone to Texas, Mike Zito and The Wheel - Keep
Coming Back , Mike Zito - First Class Life , Mike Zito - Resurrection ) as well as seeing him perform with the band
the Royal Southern Brotherhood (Royal Southern Brotherhood at
StageOne, Fairfield, CT ).
For The South Side, Mike Zito returned to his hometown roots, the South
Side of St. Louis, and in one evening he laid down a tour-de-force live release
of 15-tracks that captures the raw energy of Mike Zito and Blues, which have
become synonymous. Disc 1 contains 7 music tracks and kicks off with the track Mississippi
Nights which is the table setter for an evening of down-and-dirty Blues.
The deep vocals and electrifying guitar work of Mike Zito on Mississippi
Nights transports the listener into the audience at Old Rock House for this
track, First Class Life rolls out the quintessential Blues base line and
guitar riffs, but in the hands of Mike the sound resonates. The title track Blues
For The Southside is a lesson in playing the Blues live from a band of Blues
Masters. The baseline sets itself and they hold their music line throughout
this 6-minute instrumental track which provides a foundation for the amazing impassioned
guitar work from Mike.
the Stevie Ray Vaughan track Texas Flood and brings in his powerful
vocals to Stevie Ray Vaughan's lyrics which complement his exemplary guitar.
Disc 1 rounds out with the tracks Hell on Me, Back Problems, and Make
Blues Not War, three down-and-dirty Blues tracks.
Disc 2 opens
with the track Highway Mama featuring Tony Campanella on guitar along
with Mike. The dueling guitars blaze away setting this track on fire. They
transition to the hard driving track Love Her With A Feeling as he
sings, "...love her with a felling baby, or there ain't no reason to love her at
all," which is accompanied by some sassy guitar work.
The track Voodoo
Chile featuring Eric Gales on guitar is 12-minutes of Blues at its best as
the guitarist's interplay throughout is amazing. The evening is livened up with the track Dying
Day and that familiar bouncy Blues beat carried by the organ work of Lewis
The track Life
Is Hard featuring the engaging piano work of Lewis Stephens brings out the
emotional elements to complement the lyrics "No matter how you try, life is
hard, then you die. You can't trust your closest friends," to say this is the
Blues is an understatement.
and Disc 2, closes with the tracks The Road Never Ends featuring Dave
Kalz on guitar, and the Chuck Berry classic, Johnny B Goode, but in the
fingers of these guitarists the track leaves the audience toweling off after an
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