Blues-Rock Virtuoso Mike Zito Continues to Soar with Solo Career

by Madonna

Mike Zito is a master of blues-rock with a flair for classic rock.

He co-founded the blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood, along with Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton, and Yonrico Scott. In this band, he shared lead guitar duties with Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman), drawing comparisons to the twin-guitar style of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts in the Allman Brothers Band.


Though the Brotherhood was a significant part of Zito’s journey, he eventually pursued a solo career, leaving the band in 2014. Since then, Mike has consistently released albums filled with original songs, showcasing his powerful singing and dynamic lead guitar skills.


While deeply rooted in the blues, Zito’s style reflects his rock guitar influences. His sound also incorporates elements from the great Texas guitar players, a nod to his time spent living in Texas.


Mike’s solo albums are notable for featuring prominent guests and exceptional rhythm sections. His music spans Americana, rock, country, Louisiana swamp, funk, and R&B, demonstrating his diverse musical tastes. Influences from artists like Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and Van Halen are evident in his early work.

Zito’s solos exhibit a keen sense of pace and development, displaying a maturity that shows he is in no rush to impress but consistently hits the mark. His playing is rich with licks that invite others to ‘borrow’ and make their own, much like Zito likely did himself.

Sound-wise, Zito opts for a more saturated tone than many blues players, which shapes the lines he plays. His long, flowing lines and motivic development often give him the sound of a classic rock guitarist. Additionally, he is a skilled slide guitar player, using this technique to infuse a rootsy Southern vibe into his music.


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