2021 BMA Award Winner “Blues Rock Album” Category

He may be one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today, and rightfully so, but for Mike Zito, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since.

“I have nothing to hide; it seems my honesty is what people relate to most,” he once told Vintage Guitar magazine. “Anders (Osborne) told me early on, ‘If you don’t believe what you’re singing, you’ll never be a good singer.’ I try not to write fluff; I try to make every word count.”

That point became convincingly clear with his last record 2018’s First Class Life, a collection of songs that detailed his journey from addiction to sobriety and the subsequent success he achieved through his award-winning body of work.

A multiple award winner and nominee, Zito has built his career on an ability to tap into tradition while maintaining contemporary credence all at the same time.

Support from The Cold Heart Revue:

The Cold Heart Revue’ is a 2 x chart-topping UK solo blues and rock artist. ‘Renegade Heart’ was launched with a  BBC: Live Lounge Radio Session. As seen on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ and CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’, ‘The Cold Heart Revue’ have been ‘Time Out Critic’s Choice for Blues Music’ in London.  The frontman/lead guitarist met Sir Paul McCartney at the LIPA Graduation Ceremony and supported the band ‘Madness’ at Fratton Park football stadium in front of 13,500 audience. ‘The Cold Heart Revue’ supported Roy Wood & his Rock n Roll Band on a UK National tour. As praised by BBC Radio hosts Jo Whiley, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart. The Cold Heart Revue has supported Nine Below Zero, Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack and Dr Feelgood. As broadcast on BBC and Planet Rock radio.

‘The Cold Heart Revue’ have played at the biggest music events in the UK including the Isle of Wight Festival, Bluesfest at the 02 Arena London, Victorious Festival, Carfest for BBC Children In Need, OXJAM, Grillstock, Brighton Blues Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wychwood Festival, Stow Festival, Wellowfest, Stratford River Festival, Henley Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. and headlined the Spirit of Summer Gin Festival.



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