John Pagano Band is a three piece alternative rock band with strong blues influences. The John Pagano Band is John Pagano on guitar and vocals, Tony Hossri on bass and Shiloh Bloodworth on drums.They are a three piece band but feel like a lot more on stage. When I looked at the bands stage layout at Aisle 5 before their set, I wondered why was there such a large open space in the center of the stage between the mics and guitar floor pedals. From the first song to the last it became pleasantly apparent that this band needs space to jam. John Pagano and Tony Hossri play, dance, strut, stomp and thrash their way around stage in a way that would make Mic Jagger, James Brown and Little Richard proud.
John Pagano recently released his fifth full length project, One More Round. On One More Round the John Pagano Band shares some gritty uptempo blues rock songs. As the title of the album hints, the music could be soundtrack for a night out on the town when I went “Bottoms Up” because I got a “Bad Habit” “On My Mind” that “Aint’ Mine” but what do you do whe she keeps saying that she is “Lost in You” and “Ain’t Gonna Lose You” because she loves to “Make You Shout.” At the end of the night I need to “Rise Up” and “Catch the Train” because I got “99 Problems” but “Trouble In Hills” ain’t one.
You Upset Me Baby
That is a song by B.B. King that I originally heard Joe Bonamassa play years ago. I’ve been covering it for about 6 years. I have it recorded on my “Live at Darwin’s” CD under JPBlues. – John Pagano
Q&A with John Pagano
What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?
I grew up listening to a lot of blues artists including Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf. The first guitarist that I really studied was Stevie Ray Vaughan. I can’t remember the first album I had of his but I can tell you his DVD “Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Live From Austin, Texas” I watched, studied and jammed to forever. A lot of my style early on came from imitating Stevie’s riffs.
What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?
Kaleo A/B album. I think the album is great overall. The performance, the songwriting, and the dynamics are all spot on. JJ’s voice is undeniably one of the best raw, powerful and soulful voices out there right now.
What was your first live music experience?
I grew up on Long Island, New York playing the Blues scene and the first venue I ever performed at was Paula Jeans. Every Sunday there was an open jam with a jazz guitarist named Bobby Sexton. After playing for about 4 months my step-father took me to the jam where I performed a Slow Blues style song. I was so nervous at the time but as soon as I started playing my guitar solo the nerves turned into excitement. Paula Jeans became my home base for years.
If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?
Brothers by The Black Keys. I’ve always been a big fan of them and that album has so many great songs on it.
What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?
A Swedish band named Kamchatka. My Drummer Shiloh Bloodworth turned me onto them a few years ago. They are a power trio with that Blues Rock sound. I wish they would tour the states more often so I can see them live.
John Pagano Band Bottoms Up on Spotify
Take a listen to Bottoms Up on Spotify.