Mike Zito has come a long way from his first Eclecto Groove recording and an even longer way from his very first recordings; he has morphed from a very hot rocking guitarist into a singer/songwriter who, just by the way, happens to be one mean rocking guitarist. How much that has to do with his Producer, Anders Osborne, on this, his sixth disc—his third on Electro Groove—who knows. However the two of them, each in their own way, have both transformed themselves into musicians who have something to say that is both literate and worth listening to. Osborne also serves here as the second guitarist as well as back-up vocalist. The music is definitely Southern, with a swampy roots feel that also has a strong blues edge to it. Since we are talking of the band it is on this disc, as opposed to some of Mr. Zito's others, a stripped down affair with no special guests; the two afore mentioned guitarists with Brady Blade on drums and vocals, and Carl Dufrene on bass and vocals, round this one out.
We are served a smoking hot platter of eleven swampy blues tunes ten of which Zito wrote and the eleventh he co-wrote with Gary Nicholson. They run from the CCR sounding track that lends its name to this disc, Greyhound, to a slow acoustic sounding Motel Blues, to Bob Dylanesque vocal in front of some hard-talking spoken blues on Roll On, and much in between. Whatever the song, these are definitely Mike Zito's takes on the machinations of life as it rolls on by, from his vantage point now as opposed to three or seven years in the past. They are stronger and more definite and yet more open and accepting. And don't you worry there are plenty of guitar interludes with these two playing off each other. Some hot stuff here that is more than hot, crossing into incendiary at times. One line that really made this reviewer sit up is in Judgment Day, "If I am going to walk the streets of Hell? I might as well dance." Sure shows maturity and a deeper thought process than a few years ago, turns the religious thing on its head.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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