Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez make up JOHNNYSWIM. 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. Their music spans anthemic folk pop, sparse acoustic numbers and moody ballads.
The couple married in 2009 and relocated to Los Angeles. In addition to their 2014 debut full- length, they’ve released three EPs, as well as a Christmas EP and a live album. They’ve performed on various television shows including VH1's “You Oughta Know Concert,” “The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Today Show,” “Live with Kelly & Michael,” and provided the theme song on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” The duo has also toured extensively including major U.S. festival appearances.
Influenced by a collage of rootsy Americana, folk music and space-age country, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years.
Their music effortlessly combines ambient atmospherics with rich, warm vocals and earthy, acoustic instruments. Their latest album, Above The Prairie, plays out like a richly textured sonic encyclopedia of barren, beautiful small towns that dot the highways and expanses of Iowa.
Having toured with folk veteran Mason Jennings, The Pines’ haunted folk music has been well received by critics and audiences alike. Their “richly resonant indie-folk” (AV Club) and “gothic intensity” (AllMusic) will make for a powerful set you don’t want to miss.