After years of working behind the scenes to make memorable music for and with some of the industry's most revered artists, Rich Pagano has stepped into the spotlight with an album that aims to, in his words, "take listeners on a journey of being pissed off at politicians, moving on from comforts and co-dependencies, suicidal thoughts, society's extreme need for distraction, love's transformations and religious freedom."
Rich Pagano + the SugarCane Cups, a classic-infused rock and roll record of angst and escapism, evokes soaring comparisons to The Beatles, solo Pete Townsend, Plastic Ono Band, Levon Helm and more, and marks the solo debut of Pagano, a respected New York sideman known for his expertise in producing, recording or playing drums live, with artists including Patti Smith, Rosanne Cash, Robbie Robertson, Ray Davies, Willie Nile, gospel icon Marie Knight, Joan Osborne, Levon Helm, Mott The Hoople legend Ian Hunter and the premier Beatles band The Fab Faux, among others. Pagano's album features a Who's Who of guest artists, ranging from Phish's Trey Anastasio (lead guitar) to David Johansen (harmonica) to Hunter and Nile (both as guest vocalists) and more.
"Rich Pagano is known as one of the coolest singing drummers in the Tri-State area, but his first solo record shows he is also an imaginative songwriter and gifted arranger?" - Kay Kordtz, Elmore Magazine
Official website: richpagano.com