Some four decades since his remarkable debut, John Prine has stayed at the top of his game, both as a performer and songwriter. Recently honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, he’s been elevated from the annals of songwriters into the realm of bonafide American treasures. Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. Evidence of this is the long list of songwriters who have recorded gems from his extensive catalog, including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, and many others. Released in 2011, The Singing Mailman Delivers is a two-disc archival release featuring the earliest studio and live recordings from Prine dating back to a year before his prolific debut album.
Johnnyswim is a compelling amalgam of soul, folk, pop and blues rooted in the eclectic enclaves of Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York City. Like melody is to harmony, the voices of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez are uniquely symbiotic. The singer/songwriters hail from Los Angeles, California and spend most of their time writing, recording and performing their tunes. They are the stylistic cousin to Lauryn Hill, John Legend, and Corinne Bailey Rae, yet wholly original and distinct from any other artist or band. This summer they are taking their show on the road and will perform on three different stages at Bonaroo, and later at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, to name a few. In addition to touring, songwriting and recording, Johnnyswim remains highly involved in not for profit efforts around the globe and at home, all of which are aimed at bringing hope and inspiration to places that often don’t get enough of it.