2018 Blues Music Award Winner - Best Rock Blues Artist
He may be one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today, and rightfully so, but for Mike Zito, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity.
Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since. He began playing guitar at the age of five, and by the time he reached his late teens, he was already a fixture on the local St. Louis music scene.
Mike Zito is the embodiment of what a blues guitarist should be, touching on all styles of blues: rock, funk, Texas, West Coast and Chicago.
“I have nothing to hide; it seems my honesty is what people relate to most,” he once told Vintage Guitar magazine. “Anders (Osborne) told me early on, ‘If you don’t believe what you’re singing, you’ll never be a good singer.’ I try not to write fluff; I try to make every word count.”