We can't express enough our excitement to announce that Mike Zito will be performing at J@M. He is a busy man and his tour schedule shows it. His albums have won multiple Blues Awards, he is a fast-rising star in the blues/roots world over the last five-plus years, and in multiple roles too, including as a performer, songwriter and producer. Co-founder of the acclaimed blues super-group, Royal Southern Brotherhood (RSB), in 2010 the title-track for Mike’s “Pearl River” solo debut album (which he co-wrote with Cyril Neville) won the Blues Music Award for “Song of Year.” Shortly thereafter he also produced RUF Records label-mate Samantha Fish’s debut CD that garnered BMA honors as “Best New Artist Debut Album.” But lately, coincidental with his departure from RSB, Mike has been getting worldwide acclaim for his work as frontman for The Wheel, a hand-picked band Zito formed in 2012 and which includes acclaimed New Orleans saxophonist (and successive individual Blues Music Award nominee) Jimmy Carpenter, bassist Scot Sutherland and drummer Rob Lee. While immediate critical acclaim hailed The Wheel’s 2013 debut studio CD, “Gone To Texas,” lately the buzz has been even louder for the band’s August 2014 “Live From The Road” two-disc set, where Zito’s original songs have gained even more depth through road refinement and the band’s obvious deepening personal bonds. If you're unfamiliar with Zito's music and captivating stage presence, don't miss your chance to see him live at J@M.