Guitarist Mike Zito was born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 19, 1970. He got his start in music by singing at local events at a young age.
As a teenager he picked up the guitar and began playing regularly around his hometown. By 2008, Zito was releasing records on his own self-titled label while touring the U.S; 2008 was also the year he signed with Eclecto Groove Records and released Today. Pearl River was released the following year, and Zito was awarded Song of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards for the title track off that album.
In 2013, Zito featured his new backing band the Wheel on the studio album Gone to Texas. Well-received, the album garnered a Blues Music Award nomination for "Rock Blues Album of the Year." The Wheel were also on board for the guitarist's Songs from the Road in 2014. In 2016, Zito delivered the Tom Hambridge-produced Make Blues Not War, and two years later he delivered First Class Life, which debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Blues Albums Chart. 2019 brought two more full-length releases from the prolific Zito, starting with the concert set Live from the Top, followed by the guest-heavy Rock n' Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry, which featured Sonny Landreth, Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, and many others. ~ Al Campbell, Rovi