2017 –Midnight Circus Records
By Phillip Smith; Aug 5, 2017
It’s been just a little over two years since reviewing John Pagano’s tantalizing Live at Darwin’s album. At that time, he was going by JP Blues. One More Round, his fifth album, and first under the new band name, is another extraordinary recording. Still playing as a power trio with drummer Shiloh Bloodworth and bassist Tony Hossri, Pagano delivers eleven delicious new tracks to the table.
Pagano pours a double shot of swampilicious slide guitar into the boogie-laced drinking song “Bottoms Up”. It is slathered and smothered in delicious greasy blues. “Trouble on Wheels” is another great high energy track to get the blood pumping. His searing guitar licks shine though the rolling rhythm.
Pagano reintroduces his cover of Hugo’s version of “99 Problems” which he had recorded earlier for his Live at Darwin’s record. Pagano goes out of his way to make the new studio take sound amazing. It is fabulous indeed. I’ll be cranking up the volume on “Catch That Train” too. It’s a fearless Billy Gibbons-inspired rocker which perfectly closes out the album.
One More Round is so good; it’s hard to put down. Pagano definitely scores again.
For my July 2015 review of JP Blues – Live at Darwin’s, click here .
For more info on the John Pagano Band … http://johnpaganoband.com/
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