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24 août 2014 7 24 /08 /août /2014 10:36


Review: Markus Hagner!


Mike Zito is a most electrifiying solo-artist, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist and has an enchanting voice besides being a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood

He is and was permanently on the road to spread his loving music! 


Live Mike Zito And The Wheel are at their best, so it is a great thing that Ruf Records are publishing in their “Songs From The Road” series the shows from Dosey Doe, a fine Texas music club, on CD and DVD!

CD and DVD feature complete different set-lists, so both are a delight to be played loud.

The show started by “Don’t Break A Leg”, a hooky funk-blues. Mike succeeded to hex his fans immediately by his guitar virtuosity and his powerful voice. Jimmy Carpenter , the saxophonist, blows the roof off by his chili-hot solos.  The cd has a superb recording-sound quality. “Little Red Corvette” a love-song  definitely drawed the devotees into its ban by the charming voice and the warm-blooded sax-extravaganzas. “Rainbow Bridge” is like a homecoming song. When he returns from gigs somewhere in Louisiana and crosses the Neches River in Port Arthur he knows “Not Far Anymore To His Sacred Home”! Mike loves to be in New Orleans, so “Subtraction Blues” was his devotion-song to the town of Mardi Gras, spreading “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler” atmosphere with steamy honky-tonk piano-solos by Lewis Stephens. By the title-track from his latest studio-output “Gone To Texas” Mike Zito And The Wheels conclude the fervid cd-gig and send home the happy freaks in loving spirituality.

Z_S27A0612.jpgFor fans of Mike Zito And The Wheels in live motion the dvd is the real deal. The show was captured by hd-cameras and the sound is in excellent pcm-stereo quality. By looking at it you are  hooked  visually and can see  what extraordinary musicians Mike has gathered around him. Mike and Jimmy duel  on guitars and sax. The second song intensifies what extraordinary rhythm guys Scot Sutherland on bass and Rob Lee on drums are. “I Never Knew A Hurricane” is a stormy rocker that filled the fans at Dosey Doe with enthousiasm. “Hell On Me” is a fine blues-rock with a highly energetic drive, Texas style if you see what I mean.

MZ proves that he is also versatile in playin’ the Chicago blues by “Dirty Blonde”.  “Subtraction Blues” rocked  the house  to the rhythms of the “Big Easy”. The regular set was concluded by “Gone To Texas”.

Mike re-entered the intimate stage solo with a beautiful semi-acoustic black six-strings for “Let Your Light Shine On Me” , he was escorted by a loveable cutie admiring him. For  the swamp-boogie “Natural Born Lover”, The Wheel returned and Mike made this song so spicy showing extravagant slide-rides with his bottleneck. Then he  made the fans funky-rollin’and tumblin’ with “Texas Flyer” ending in a fantastic eye and ear blowing jam.

Mike Zito And The Wheel live – Hotter Than Hell!

As bonus there are fan-interviews and storyteller’s videos for the songs “Dead Of Night”, “Death Row” and “Gone To Texas”.



Track List:

CD                                                           DVD

Introduction                                            Dont’ Break A Leg

Don’t Break A Leg                                Greyhound

Greyhound                                              I Never Knew A Hurricane

Little Red Corvette                                Hell On Me

Rainbow Bridge                                   Pearl River

Pearl River                                            Dirty Blonde

Hell On Me                                           One Step At A Time

C’mon Baby                                          Subtraction Blues

Judgment Day                                      Judgment Day

Dirty Blonde                                         Gone To Texas

Subtraction Blues                                Let Your Light Shine On Me

Gone To Texas 

Texas Flyer                                    Natural Born Lover


 Markus Hagner



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