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Mike Zito is an American guitarist, singer, producer, and songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri. He is a co-founder of Royal Southern Brotherhood that features Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott. Zito started singing at the age of five and by his late teens he had begun his career in the St Louis area music scene. In 2008, Zito made his international debut on the Eclecto Groove label.
Zito released records on his own label he toured regionally and performed some national dates until signing with Eclecto Groove Records in 2008. In 2008 Eclecto Groove Records released Today. Today was produced by David Z. The musicians on the CD were a line-up of studio musicians that includes bassist James "Hutch" Hutchinson, (Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker); Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch keyboardist Benmont Tench; co-producer/drummer Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal, B.B. King) and percussionist Michito Sanchez (Nelly Furtado, Steve Winwood). Also appearing on the CD are Joe Sublett (saxophone), Darrell Leonard (trumpet), Mitch Kashmar (harmonica) with Teresa James and Ce Ce Bullard (background vocals).
In 2009, Eclecto Groove released his second CD Pearl River. Zito and Cyril Neville collaborated on the title track. At the 2010 Blues Music Awards, "Pearl River" won "Song of the Year". Pearl River was recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana at Piety Street Studios. It featured Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Reese Wynans, Susan Cowill, Lynwood Slim and Johnny Sansone, with the rhythm section of Lonnie 'Popcorn' Trevino Jr. (bass) and Eric Bolivar (drum). In 2011, Zito fulfilled his recording contract with Delta/Eclecto Groove with the release of Greyhound. Greyhound was nominated for "Best Rock Blues Album" at the 2011 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee and was featured on the hit TV series, Sons of Anarchy.
In 2013, Mike Zito signed with Ruf Records and released "Gone to Texas" a deep and personal CD dedicated to the state that he says saved his life. On "Gone to Texas" Mike assembled his band the Wheel which features Zito – guitars and vocals, Scot Sutherland – bass, Jimmy Carpenter – guitars/sax, and Rob Lee on drums.
Mike Zito was in Royal Southern Brotherhood from 2010 to 2014. Zito met Devon Allman while working together at the Guitar Center in St. Louis. The two would be reunited again through manager Rueben Williams, who managed Neville and Zito prior to signing Allman.
Zito, Cyril Neville, and Devon Allman became Royal Southern Brotherhood. The three invited rhythm section in Charlie Wooten on bass and drummer Yonrico Scott to do a short tour and the band's first official show was at the “Rock n’ Bowl” in New Orleans. A year slipped by and the supergroup released their debut album to rave reviews.
With Jim Gaines as producer (Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray, The Steve Miller Band) Royal Southern Brotherhood recorded the band's debut album at Dockside recording Studio in Maurice, Louisiana. Allman, Neville and Zito share lead vocals for the new album creating Zito and Allman play twin guitar leads that is one reminder of the band's related sound to the dual guitar leads played by Allman's uncle, Duane, and Dickey Betts in the Allman Brothers Band. In May 2014 Royal Southern Brotherhood won the Blues Music Award for "Best DVD" for the band's Ruf Records release "Songs from the Road- Live in Germany"
In June 2014 Royal Southern Brotherhood released their second studio CD "heartsoulblood" on Ruf Records. Making the Scene described the Cd as " Combining blues and soul the way they do down in N’awlins, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." This fabulous album was produced by Jim Gaines and engineered by David Z. In early October 2014 Mike Zito left Royal Southern Brotherhood in order to focus on his own career.
In 2016 Mike has been on tour extensively throughout the US and Europe and is set to release a brand new album in November entitled "Make Blues Not War". Make sure to visit Mike's website to stay current with all his happenings.
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