John Pagano Band
“Thick Blues dripping over the edge of Rock”,
is what John Pagano Band has been described as. This Indie Rock band captures an old sound with a contemporary style. Formerly known as JPBlues, their release, “I Will Not Go Quietly” CD was a very familiar name on the Roots Music Report Radio Charts hitting for a total of 28 weeks straight and at #4. The level heightened even more with the band’s follow up CD, “Make Room at the Table”, released in Sept 2013. The CD charted on RMR, crossed over into the Jam Band Radio Charts, as well as being considered part of the “Top 100 Blues CD’s of 2014” by RMR. Also appearing on, “Make Room at the Table”, are special guests Yonrico Scott and Todd Smallie (The Derek Trucks Band). In January 2015, JPBlues released a live CD called, “Live at Darwin’s”. It charted at #1 in the U.S. for Blues Rock airplay. Then in August 2017, the band released their first album, “One More Round”, under the new name John Pagano Band. This album topped the Blues Rock Radio charts and crossed over into TripleA Radio for the band’s first time. It is clear that John Pagano Band searing, soulful guitar and powerhouse band gives hope to the rebirth of passion and soul in music!
John started playing guitar at the age of 10 on Long Island, New York and it was clear that something special was happening here. This “Something Special” was recognized by legendary bluesman Sam “Bluzman” Taylor. Sam took John under his wing and began to school him on the blues, or what Sam use to call “SAMerizing”. John Toured the East coast with Sam’s band as a special guest for a few years. It was under Sam’s watchful eye that John began to flourish as a musician and a bluesman!
JPBlues formed in 2008 with band members Pat Adkins (Chuck Berry, Gary US Bonds) on Drums and John Young (Ryan Leslie) on Bass. While playing the festival circuit, they also recorded the band’s first two CD’s, “Die Happy” and “I Will Not Go Quietly.”
In 2011, John left the New York music scene and moved to Georgia. It is here that he
met his drummer Shiloh Bloodworth, and in 2013 they both were hired to back Australian artist Anni Piper (Blues Leaf Records) on her first US tour. Later with the addition of Tony on Bass, John Pagano Band had formed a new power trio and hit the road to tour the U.S. and Canada. Since then, this Georgia based project released three more CD’s “Make Room at the Table”, “Live at Darwin’s”, and, “One More Round”.
John Pagano is endorsed by Epiphone Guitars and was voted by www.Truefire.com as one of their TOP 100 GUITARISTS “YOU SHOULD KNOW”! John has had the pleasure of either performing with or opening for such legendary artists such as Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), Phil Grande (Joe Cocker), , Dennis Innessibuw (Robert Plant), Gov’t Mule, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks), Todd Smallie (Derek Trucks), Albert Castiglia.
The newest member of the JPBlues band is none other than Tony! Native to Atlanta Georgia, Tony began playing guitar at the age of 14, playing in bands in his neighborhood and doing impromptu shows in the “Cul-d-Sacs”. By the age of 17 Tony realized that his calling was the Bass guitar, and began dedicating himself to perfecting his instrument. When he graduated High School, he attended the Atlanta Institute of Music where he studied “Bass Performance”. When he graduated he dove headlong into the Atlanta Indie Music Scene, playing with such bands as The Breaks, Green Eyed Stare and Downside Up to name a few. In addition, Tony is an accomplished songwriter and independent recording artist in his own right.
It was during his last year at the Atlanta Institute of Music when he was first approached by the John Pagano to join the band. But, because of his heavy school commitments and as Tony puts it “I was getting calls from all kinds of bands, alot of them not so good” that he hesitated and told John he just could not commit to any project at that time. A year passed and once again JPBlues and Tony paths had crossed. John now getting towards the end of recording his latest CD “Make Room at the Table”, had gone through a wide variety of bass players. None seemed to fit the John Pagano band. A mutual friend told John about Tony and said you should ask him to come in and lay down a track. John Gave him a call, and they realized they had spoken before. Tony came into the Midnight Circus Studios, he took one listen to the CD and said I Want in! “I finally found a band where everyone is a really good musician and they are dedicated to their craft”. From that day, Tony with his unique style, dynamic stage presence and superb musicianship, has become an important part of what makes the John Pagano Band Great!
Shiloh Bloodworth (Drums)
Originally from Pennsylvania Shiloh started playing drums at the age of 14. In 2003 he moved to the Atlanta Georgia area, and quickly made himself part of the Atlanta Music scene. Starting out in the Heavy Metal scene, Shiloh played with such bands as Steve Nunez and Casket Creatures as well as touring with the band Inviolate.
It’s very unusual for a musicians, particularly a drummer to move from Heavy Metal to the Blues. But, Shiloh was looking to expand his playing and become a more rounded musician. On his off nights, he started hitting the Atlanta Blues Jam scene and quickly became a regular at such venues as Northside Tavern and Darwins. It was at one of these jams he was brought up on stage and was teamed up with a young guitar player who just moved to Atlanta from New York called John Pagano. The two quickly established a friendship and started hitting the jams and rehearsing together. It wasn’t long before Shiloh and John had the beginnings of the Atlanta version of the John Pagano band. He worked with John on his critically acclaimed CD “Make Room at the Table” and went on Tour with John to back up Austrian Blues Artist “Anni Piper” on her first US Tour. Now, years later, Shiloh has become the Solid foundation that drives the John Pagano Band!