As he embarks on a new route in his storied musical career, award-winning blues musician Mike Zito will be returning to a familiar audience. When Mike Zito & The Wheel takes the stage at the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on October 14th it will mark his fourth trip to Memphis as a guest of the Lil Memphis Blues Society.
The stop is part of a Midwest tour to kickoff the release of Songs From The Road, a two-disc set that captures Mike and fellow band members Jimmy Carpenter (sax/vocals), Scot Sutherland (bass/vocals), Lewis Stephens (piano/organ) and Rob Lee (drums/percussion) recorded live during a performance in Texas.
The new CD/DVD highlights a path change for Zito, who for the past few years, had been part of the award-winning Royal Southern Brotherhood with co-founders Devon Allman and Cyril Neville. After two highly-successful studio releases with the group, Zito decided to return to his roots on the road.
“There’s just something in me,” he said. “It’s there in all musicians. You gotta love the road to be a part of this world. You’re right there, looking in people’s eyes, swapping stories, shaking hands…”
The latets release was filmed in just such a stetting.
“This DVD and live album were recorded on January 10th, 2014, at Dosey Doe at The Woodlands, TX, to a sold-out crowd of crazy Texans,” he said. “The audience was on fire from the first note. The band played with such energy and passion. I was overwhelmed many times throughout this performance by the sheer energy of love that poured out of every soul in that building. It was a truly magical night, one I’ll never forget.”
Zito, who grew up in St. Louis, released his first album, Blue Room, back in 1997. Since then the hits have continued to roll. He took home the Blues Music Award for Song of the Year for the title track of his album Pearl River. His 2011 album was nominated for the Best Blues Rock CD.
Mike Zito & The Wheel will be on stage in Memphis from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday night, October 14th. Reserve tickets are $10 or admission at the door is $12.
“I watched the last RSB (Royal Southern Brotherhood) show with mixed emotions,” said local promoter Jamie Parker. “Knowing this is ‘it’ sort of, expect a great reunion show somewhere down the line because “The Road Never Ends’ (referring to a famous Zito song). Plus I knew we were getting him back to Lil’ Memphis for the fourth time. He told me ‘let’s rock the Wheel'”.