Mike Zito (of Royal Southern Brotherhood)

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Mike Zito (of Royal Southern Brotherhood)

Sat · August 10, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $40.00

This event is 21 and over

Mike Zito (of Royal Southern Brotherhood)
Mike Zito (of Royal Southern Brotherhood)
There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose 15th album ‘First Class Life’
comes out May 11 on Ruf Records. The rocking yet poignant title track explores his journey from
addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition; he is a three-time Blues Music Award
Winner, taking home the 2018 Rock Blues Artist of the Year. “Second chance at a first class
life,” he sings, recalling the hard times. The Texas-based musician smiles and continues, “I grew
up poor in St. Louis, and now I'm travelling the world to sing my songs.”

Zito’s star has been on the rise of late both solo and as a member of the Royal Southern
Brotherhood, with bandmates Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott.

As is fitting for a man with the word “Blues” tattooed across his picking hand, ‘First Class Life’
focuses squarely on blues with heart and chops to spare, not to mention wit and openness. The
punchy “Time For A Change” conjures the tension in the world today while the exquisite
Memphis-style song, “The World We Live In,” which recalls BB King in its world-weariness. The
electrified blues bounce of “Dying Day” finds Zito swearing lifelong allegiance to his wife. “Old
Black Graveyard” sets the scene of a bluesman’s final resting place and its disrepair, along with
some possible supernatural influences, with Zito’s masterful slide guitar flourishes driving it
In addition to the press and Blues Music Award love, Zito has earned from fellow artists. Anders
Osborne says, "I love Mike Zito! He's got that rare kinda voice that resonates in your soul. All his
hardship, life experiences and kind heart oozes out of every note his sings. His guitar playing
dances delicately between a contemporary blues virtuoso and an old fashion soul man. Mike
continues to impress me with his straightforward and honest songwriting. His joy and grace
shine through every record he makes. "
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024