New Jersey native and resident Mike Esposito is unique in the world of
American roots music; his live shows are a virtual panorama of this
country’s musical tradition. It’s blues, it’s bluegrass,
country, rhythm & blues, rock n’ roll, Appalachian folk,
New Orleans jazz and even a little bebop for good measure. A virtuoso
performer on bottleneck slide, Dobro, lap steel, acoustic and electric
six-string guitar and even electric bass and ukulele, Mike could easily
adopt a swaggering air of braggadocio, the blues man’s traditional
stock in trade, yet he remains a humble man, quietly exuding confidence
in his talent and abilities.
Like many teenagers growing up in the sixties, Mike was influenced first
by the British Invasion of rock groups, particularly The Rolling Stones
and later, the
Jimi Hendrix Experience and roots American rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival.
When Mike discovered legendary blues man Robert Johnson around that time, his
world changed, as he delved deeper into acoustic Delta and Piedmont style blues,
as well as bluegrass and down home, old time country string band music. In the
seventies, Mike, playing Dobro and National steel guitar, founded The Lost World
String Band, which earned international recognition for their flawless instrumental
virtuosity. An acoustic act, the group toured the United States and Europe, appeared
on nationally broadcast television shows, performed at Lincoln Center in New
York City and shared stages with some of the brightest names in the music business,
including Doc Watson, Asleep At The Wheel, The Ventures, the father of bluegrass,
Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, John Hartford, The Whites and many more.
When Mike became a husband and father and settled into a daytime career, the
globe-trotting tours abated, but he still exercised his passion for American
roots music working local gigs in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well
as appearing as a sideman on over 25 albums. Mike worked solo and with a bassist
and drummer for several years, and in 1999, his first Compact disc, Let It Slide,
was released on the Hackettstown, NJ-based Buy Or Die Records. A true eclectic
solo album in every respect, Mike played all the instruments and presented a
wide spectrum of roots music, covering many stylistic bases. Let It Slide was
a critical success and continues to sell well to this day.
Let It Slide was followed by The Mike Esposito Trio Live, recorded and released
in 2000 at the Knowlton River Music Festival, featuring Mike on electric lap
steel guitar. Mike’s third CD, Goin’ Down The Delta was released
in 2005 and this disc puts the emphasis on ragtime, traditional blues and Delta
blues styles. All Mike’s CDs are available for sale at his live performances
and at selected record shops in northern New Jersey. With interest in American
roots music at an all-time high, guitar ace Mike Esposito, as a solo act and
with his band, is a unique and talented performer who will be impressing his
loyal followers for years to come with feats of instrumental and vocal virtuosity.
Music has been featured on 5 TV shows in the past year.
1.Boogie Woogie:In the
2.Boogie Woogie: Whats
Hot! Whats Cool Episode#6
3.Irrational National: White
4.Wild Turkey Woods: Big Texas
5.Wild Turkey Woods: Ready for the Weekend Movie 402
The Friends of Northwest
New Jersey Musicians
honored Mike as
Blues Artist of the Year.
“ This New Jersey
guitar hero (in the best sense of the term) plays
instrumental and vocal blues, rock, country &
folk tunes with consummate grace and skill.”
Tri-State Blues Magazine