Our Words

The Philadelphia-based eight-piece was formed in 2015 by Chris Paterno (lead vocals, acoustic guitar). Once a solo project, the band formed after Paterno was asked by the Philadelphia Freedoms to play at the Villanova Pavilion in front of 2000 people. One month later, 9-time Grammy-winning producer Joe Nicolo saw them play at Chaplin’s (Spring City, Pa). He quickly signed them to his label, BlacBird Productions, where they began recording their debut EP.

2016 brought an accumulation of write-ups, including shout-outs by AXS, Philly Mag, Impose Mag and more. The CPB, as fans have come to call the group, made a local name for itself with performance slots at World Cafe Live, MilkBoy, and WHYY to name a few.


Bringing an energetic rebirth of Philly Soul to the stage, the band promises a night well spent for listeners and dancers alike. 2017 has proven so as Paterno was recognized by both the SongDoor International Songwriting Contest (top 12 portfolio) and the USA Songwriting Competition (1st Runner Up, SXSW Showcase), the CPB has sold out consecutive Philly-based shows and is performing up and down the East Coast.

The Chris Paterno Band is:

  • Frank Rein - Trombone
  • Mike Clark - Trumpet
  • Greg Wilson - Saxophone
  • Mark Hightower - Bass
  • Doug Parsons - Drums
  • Rob Wickline - Piano/Organ
  • Sean Conlon - Electric Guitar, Harmonies
  • Chris Paterno - Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals

Photographers: Beau Hauser & Mike Chism

Their Words

SongDoor International Songwriting Contest:

  • “Pressure” - 14th overall, Alternative/Hard Rock Category
  • “Unfaithful” - 20th overall, Pop Category
  • “Farther (…We Grow)" - Honorable Mention, Soft Rock Category

LeAnn Zotta, Executive VP of SongDoor InternationaL:

Every year, there are about a dozen or so songwriters who rise to the top with multiple entries — all good ones. You were in that group this year. Overall, there were more than 25,000 entries. You can be extremely proud of your achievement. To get multiple Honorable Mentions, especially in different categories, is rare.


USA Songwriting Competition SXSW Showcase Artist: 1st Runner-Up, 2017 

Joe Nicolo, 9x-Grammy WinneR:

I love the way Chris mixes the 70's horn sound (blood, sweat & tears) with rootsy folk. People will have a love/hate relationship with his voice, and I mean that as a true compliment. You want to sound unique. Saying that you don't sound like anyone else is probably the biggest compliment I can give an artist.

Impose Magazine:   

Lively and loose acoustic indie soul at its finest… The Chris Paterno Band don’t so much reinvent a genre as they do fashion their own unique one from the best parts of the last few decades of folk, rock and pop, updating Philly soul for a whole new era.

More Press:

Philly Mag: Show of the Week Selection

That Music Mag: Show Review

The Music Rag: Interview

Vents Mag: Interview

Pen's Eye View: Interview

Philly Mixtape: Interview & Show Preview

Punchland: "Pressure" Premiere

Indie Buddie: "Pressure" Feature

Uncanny Pop: "Pressure" Feature

GroundSounds: "Lover, When You Gonna Come?" Premiere

Americana Daily: "Lover, When You Gonna Come?" Feature

Indie Folk Americana: "Lover, When You Gonna Come?" Feature

Elmore Mag: "Morning Light" Premiere

Audio Fuzz: "Morning Light" Feature

Kingston Review: "Morning Light" Feature & Interview

Leading Us Absurd: "Unfaithful" Feature & Interview

Middle Tennessee Music: "Unfaithful" Feature

Filthy Tracks: "Unfaithful" Feature