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A little bit rock and roll, a tendency toward folk, and a whole lot of heart- that is what best describes the husband and wife duo of JOHNNYSWIM. The folk-rock duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano-Ramirez, who have been playing together since 2006, started off a nationwide tour April 5, playing at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. Playing to a sold out audience of all ages, the energetic couple played many hits from their 2013 Heart Beats EP and their upcoming album Diamonds at the JOHNNYSWIM concert.
Backed up by only a bass guitar and drums for a few songs, the majority of the sound came from Sudano and Ramirez’s voices, with Ramirez accompanying on acoustic guitar. The group started off on an upbeat note with their first couple songs, but then slowed the pace down a bit. In between sets the duo seemed excited yet completely at ease on stage, explaining meanings behind song lyrics and even sharing personal stories- such as the story of their engagement in Paris, which prompted them to write the song ‘Paris in June.’
As they came to their final songs, the group went right back to the folk-rock hybrid that seems to define their music best. The couple ended their set with the hopeful and optimistic ‘Live While We’re Young,’ the groups own personal take on achieving all their goals in life, and a rousing cover of Britney Spears ‘Dance Until The World Ends.’ It is safe to say that this duo will soon be heard all over the radio and making the top of the charts soon enough. The Diamonds LP is available for pre-order on iTunes, and is out everywhere April 29.
Photos courtesy of Sacks & Co.,

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