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Mike Zito & The Wheel cruised through Annapolis, MD on July 7, 2015 and rocked the audience at Rams Head On Stage with their unique blend of rock, blues, and ballads. Mike Zito had already released three successful studio albums before joining forces with The Royal Southern Brotherhood for nearly three years, leaving them recently to focus on his own music. The Wheel is superbly talented. In addition to Mike Zito on guitar, the band features powerhouse sax player Jimmy Carpenter, Rob Lee on drums, and holding down the funk is Scot Sutherland on bass. Mike is a no-nonsense musician who comes to play, and play they did. Jimmy Carpenter nearly stole the show with his dynamic, expertly timed playing. Before the show Jimmy told me that he plays like he's playing lead guitar, and this was clear as he and Mike traded licks throughout the night.
After a lengthly sound check, Mike sat down with Rock, Roots, & Blues - Live for a great interview; touching on many topics including his upcoming album, his mentoring of such artists as Samantha Fish, his relationship with Johnny Winter, and the artists that helped shape his playing.
See photos from the July 7th show here and
video of Mike & the band from July 8th here.