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Showing posts with label Life Is Hard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life Is Hard. Show all posts

Friday, June 14, 2024

Gulf Coast Records artist: Mike Zito - Life Is Hard - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Life Is Hard, from Mike Zito and it's a solid release. Opening with driving blues rocker, Little Milton's, Lonely Man, Mike Zito on excellent lead vocal and guitar sets a great groove. With Reese Wynans setting a solid keyboard, Calvin Turner on bass, Lemar Carter on drums, and Paulie Cerra on sax, this is a strong opener. Fred James' Life Is Hard is a terrific blues track and Zito knows how to milk every drop of blues out of it. Soulful vocals and stinging guitar riffs really makes this track soar. Excellent! Zito original, Forever My Love, is a bluesy ballad with a great melody, setting up for Zito to take that standout guitar solo and his nails it. Tab Benoit's Darkness, is a good selection for this set working nicely with heave drum accents by Carter, and super guitar work by Zito and guest Joe Bonamassa. Walter Trout's, Nobody Moves Me Like You Do, enhances the set really well with it's firm bass work by Turner and tight drum work by Carter. Rich guitar work by Zito and Bonamassa over Wynans organ really anchors this track. Wrapping the release is Rev Gary Davis' Death Don't Have No Mercy, with Zito singin acapella and with rich backing vocals by Steve Ray Ladson, Dannielle Deandrea and Jade Macrae. The track is dark and I like it. With a haunting guitar and keyboard sound over firm drums, this is an excellent closer. 

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