MARY MEAUX — Dutchman Zito wins the award for best blues rock album – Port Arthur News

I’m a blues fan.

The smooth guitar, the rhythm of the music whether fast or cool and slow, a voice that captures the soul.

There’s oldies like Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, who I only recently discovered, who’s great on vocals and guitar. There’s Stevie Ray Vaughn, who I hate to admit I didn’t fully appreciate until after he died.

The names continue: Etta James. Aretha Franklin. Bo Diddly. Wilson Pickett. There’s the king – BB King that is.

I was able to see and photograph BB King in 2014 at Nutty Jerry’s. It was towards the end of his life. He had slowed down a lot. He played the guitar, sang a little and told stories but I was in absolute admiration.

My love of the genre also goes to the movies, and one of my favorite movies is Blues Brothers 2000. (Yes, I know it’s the sequel, but it’s still a favorite).

I even follow The Blues Foundation on social networks, where I discover even more talented musicians.

And that brings me to the point of this column – Mike Zito. I heard about Zito and I knew he was from the Netherlands but I didn’t know much more than that.

Then his name appeared on The Blues Foundation, and that’s when I found out that a local guy had recently won Best Blues Rock Album at 43 of the foundation.rd Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee.

Zito won the designation for his album “Resurrection”.

The bluesman hails from St. Louis and started playing when he was 5 years old, and by his late teens he was already on the music scene. He’s released a number of critically acclaimed albums, had plenty of success, and picked up a few awards along the way.

And if you’re a Sons of Anarchy fan, you might already know that his song, “Roll On,” was featured in Season 5, Episode 10.

His album, “Gone to Texas,” released in 2013, chronicles how he gained sobriety and more, according to his biography.

So now I dive into his music and enjoy it. I’m not trying to write a music review, just sharing my new knowledge about another musician in the area.

And we all know that this region is full of musical talent.

Mary Meaux is a reporter for the Port Arthur News. She can be reached at

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