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JOHNNYSWIM with Dan Layus

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There are approximately 2,000 miles between Nashville and Los Angeles. Both cities are home to JOHNNYSWIM. However, the duo’s music far transcends that distance. It’s easy to understand why A Prairie Home Companion declared that Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez are “21st century troubadours.” As JOHNNYSWIM, they embody the tradition of the well-traveled singer-songwriter while cultivating a modern style that’s uniquely their own.

Heart Beats, the duo’s debut for Big Picnic Records, is the culmination of years spent shaping what Vogue calls an “infectious sound.” Of the 200-plus acts who performed at the 2013 Bonnaroo festival, only JOHNNYSWIM could naturally conjure elements of rock, blues, boleros, folk, and contemporary R&B in their music. With just a guitar and the scintillating contrast of their voices, the duo holds audiences spellbound. They are storytellers who create a sense of intimacy between them and the listener, whether performing on The Today Show, singing 333 feet underground in Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, or illuminating the stage at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. Their songs are shaped by universal truths. “It starts with a feeling we hope the listener will get when they hear the song,” explains Abner about their songwriting process. “Sometimes it…

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JOHNNYSWIM

JOHNNYSWIM is the husband/wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano. The pair met in Nashville in 2005, instituting a songwriting partnership not long afterward. They clicked together musically and personally, beginning a romantic relationship along with their creative connection. Choosing the name Johnnyswim (for obvious reasons), they released their debut EP, 1-4, in 2008. A second EP called 5-8 appeared in 2010, supported by tours. Home, Vol. 1, a third EP emphasizing their folk roots, arrived in 2012. Soon, they began getting attention from fashion brands, including icons Tommy Hilfiger and Louis Vuitton and attracting the interest of labels. JOHNNYSWIM excitedly decided to sign with Big Picnic, distributed by Sony/RED, and began touring regularly. In 2014, they released their first full length record Diamonds, which charted number one on the Singer/Songwriter chart for weeks. The duo released a live album recorded at Rockwood Music Hall in October of 2015 and plans to release their Sophomore album in 2016.

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