Mike Zito's latest release, Mike Zito - Resurrection,
shows another side and depth from this extraordinary musician. Mike's mastery
of the guitar is legendary, but Resurrection shows a depth in the
lyrics, melodies, and order of tracks to tell a story and create a musical
journey. Sharing in his journey are Zach Zito, Matthew
Johnson, Doug Byrkit, Lewis Stephens, Eric
Demmer, Fernando Castillo, and Lisa Leuschner
Mike Zito - Resurrection
I'll Make Love To You, Don't Bring Me
Down, Dreaming Of You, In My Blood, Presence Of The Lord, When It Rains, You
Don't Have Me, Damned If I Do, Running Man, Evil, Resurrection
Mike Zito: Vocals, Guitars; Zach Zito: Acoustic Guitars; Matthew
Johnson: Drums, Percussion; Doug Byrkit: Bass Guitar; Lewis
Stephens: Piano, Organ, Wurlitzer; Eric Demmer: Saxophone; Fernando
Castillo: Trumpet; Lisa Leuschner Andersen: Backing Vocals
Zito - Resurrection was produced by longtime friend and
Grammy-winner David Z, who has collaborated with Mike on 7 prior releases, and was
released on the Gulf Coast Records label.
Along with this being a tasty release, Resurrection's cover art is a nod
to the past when vinyl releases featured interesting and creative artwork. The cover
art is an original painting by the amazing South Korean Artist Yool Kim,
which captures the feeling of soul and light at the end of struggle.
release has 8 original tracks and 3 covers for a scintillating 11 tracks; Mike
noted, "Resurrection is an album of feelings, emotions, and is very personal."
He wrote and recorded the music that he felt strongest about and that he wanted
to share with the world.
release opens with the JJ Cale track I'll Make Love To You, a nice table
setting song featuring Mike's fresh vocals and expressive blues guitar work. The
next track, Don't Bring Me Down, places his vocal in a synthesizer and
he matches the sound on his guitar resulting in a sassy track that is catchy
and very creative. The track Dreaming Of You has a raw passion emanating
though the lyrics and melody, you feel the pain and wanting, "When I close my
eyes, I start to fantasize it's true, Everywhere I do, I keep turning back to you...I'm
dreaming, Dreaming of you, That's all I do."
track In My Blood is blues down and dirty with a simple cymbal tapping
and slight drumming to wrap around Mike's vocal with great backing vocals from
Lisa Leuschner Andersen. The Eric Clapton cover Presence Of The Lord
could only be done if your heart and mind captured the deep feeling that Eric
Clapton envisioned when he wrote and recorded this track, and to say that Mike
captured the energy and feeling would be an understatement, a tour de force of
a cover. When It Rains is a bench press of a track as the drums pound
out a penetrating beat that drives Mike's lyrics, "Lost so much so fast, My
head's spinning for days, I thought this woman she loved me.... If I was a
gambling, I'd place a bet on the door...They say once you hit bottom, Only place to
go is up...When it rains it pours..."
Don't Have Me drives up the spirit and tempo with
some ‘finger-licking' guitar work complementing Mike's vocals, "What's it
gonna' be when I'm up and gone, What's it gonna be when you're all alone.... You
got everything that you wanted, Everything that you need, But you don't have me,
No.you don't have me." The track Damned If I Do is blues the way blues
was born, grabbing at the heart, drawing you in and capturing your presence, as
Mike felt this release was, "songs, stories, and sonic waves of electric guitar
that convey darkness before dawn," and this track has it all.
release closes with the tracks Running Man, another stellar mix of great
lyrics and blazing guitar work, the Willie Dixon cover of Evil where the
band unwinds and let loose, and the closing and title track Resurrection,
which tells the story of searching, finding, and realizing it was always in
front of you, "I was searching for the truth, I finally realized all my
searching ends with you, We need a resurrection, Yes we need a second chance, So
I pray for one more, Just one more slow dance" a poignant and heartfelt closing
track to another memorable release from Mike Zito; make sure you give this a
spin and add it to your collection.
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Resurrection, CCMusic, Target,
Merchbar, FYE, and
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