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Blues For The Southside

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Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
2
Availability:
Pre-Release
Release Date:
18-02-2022
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Barcode:
661558942725
Packaging:
Digipak
Catalog Number:
GCRX9036
Blues From The Southside
Blues From The Southside

Description

Recorded on November 26, 2021 at the Old Rock House in St Louis, Missouri, and produced by Mike Zito, Blues for the Southside showcases Zito (guitar and vocals) and his stellar band in full fury: Matthew Johnson - vocals/drums; Lewis Stephens - piano/organ; Doug Byrkit vocals/ bass, with special guests including label mate guitarists Tony Campanella and Dave Kalz, plus guitar wizard Eric Gales.

The song list for that special night included tunes from Mike's earlier albums such as First Class Life, Gone to Texas, Make Blues Not War and his Tribute to Chuck Berry, plus his takes on songs popularized by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tampa Red, as well as a new song, the album's title track.

Mike Zito states that "Blues for the Southside is a special album for me. I have wanted to do a live blues album playing songs from my catalog with my current band for a while now. I wanted to go back to my old neighborhood in South St. Louis to make the recording. That's where it all began for me, where I fell in love with music. I knew friends and family would fill the Old Rock House and bring the energy I was looking for in this recording. I wanted Tony Campanella and Dave Kalz to join me as guests. I grew up with both of these guys playing in the scene in St. Louis in the 1990s. I was surprised by my dear friend Eric Gales who happened to be in town for a rehearsal. He showed up and I got him onstage to do an impromptu version of the original 'Voodoo Chile,' which turned out to be 12 minutes of pure guitar bliss. I am proud of this album and my band."

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Intro
  3. Mississippi Nights
  4. First Class Life
  5. Blues For The Southside
  6. Texas Flood
  7. Mike Speaks
  8. Hell On Me
  9. Back Problems
  10. Make Blues Not War
  11. Highway Mama
  12. Love Her With A Feeling
  13. Wasted Time
  14. Voodoo Chile
  15. Dying Day
  16. Life Is Hard
  17. The Road Never Ends
  18. Johnny B Goode
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