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Meet Rob Pagnano originally from Whitman, MA (now Newton)


When you hear the gravel, when you feel the connection, when you sense the road travelled…the pain, the joy and the years, it’s hard to believe that Rob Pagnano hasn’t been at this game all that long. Because of that, and in spite of that, you realize that music for Rob was meant to be; especially when you hear the story of how it all came to be.

The award winning Whitman native didn’t even pick up a guitar until he was 26 years old. But he has definitely logged the miles. Pagnano has done over 2000 shows since 2007. This talented songwriter and soulful singer says his music career happened by accident, or fate; “I’ve always loved music but what started my career was a freak accident at the age of 26 where I broke my back and couldn’t use my body anywhere close to normal . Being an athlete all my life up to that point I didn’t know what to do, but holding that guitar finally made sense . After a grueling few years of teaching myself while having 3 major spinal surgeries I started playing out at almost 29 years old for the first time.”

Take a listen to Rob’s brand new powerful single, “Love Conquers All.”


Last time Rob visited the studio, long before this quarantine life, he performed live and shared his single, “I Give It All To Her,” produced by Lance Carpenter. The song got quite a lot of attention and airplay on our radio station!




A Round With Rob

Instruments played: I write and only play on acoustic guitars but know I will learn piano soon

How would you describe your sound: I def have an original sound , it took a little while to truly embrace it but I realized that only being my true self would separate me from the pack . I get a lot of “you sound like a combination of this person or that but you sound like your own person “ lol which I’d say is a good thing

Have opened for: I have done a bunch of pre-concert party’s for artist like Luke Bryan , Chris Stapleton and Zac Brown for Country 102.5 ( I’m truly thankful for this station and their support of me ) . I’ve recently been getting pitched for open act slots , I believe it’s in the cards at some point but to be honest I’m already happy . I’ll always want to improve but I live my life on my terms and make a great living only doing what I love

All- time favorite country song: “Your Man” – written by Chris Stapleton, sung by Josh Turner

Who inspires you: My two favorites, hands down, Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne

Favorite country concert: Zac Brown Band

Most proud moment: Well I have a lot I’m proud of because of never quitting on doing something I was told I started too late and was too old for. Lately I would say the circle of great country artists and writers that I have gotten the respect of and became friends with . One in particular is Jimmy Yeary who is one of Nashville’s best writers and has many big cuts like his song “ I Drive Your Truck “ sung by Lee Brice . Jimmy is a great friend and believes in my writing . You will see some collaborations in the future with some #1 hit songs

Fun facts: I’m a very big bass fisherman and pursuing it as a profession. I recently got a pro staff position with Hayabusa Hooks ( Japan’s #1 Bass Hook Company ) and I’ll be working my way up the tournament trail . Some day you will also see me on FLW or Major League Fishing

Mantra: Stay humble , work hard and never , never ever quit on yourself !


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A Special Message From Rob

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