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JOHNNYSWIM 

When: Fri., May 16 2014
Phone: (843) 853-2252
Price: $15/adv., $18.50/door

folk, soul, blues, pop duo, 7 p.m. Note: Johnny Delaware will not perform as the opening act due to illness

Husband-and-wife Latin folk-and-blues duo Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano of JOHNNYSWIM have a growing pile of stories about how they decided on a band name. One tale is that the title came from the scene in Jaws where a character named Johnny is swimming away from the shark and his friend shouts “Swim, Johnny, swim!” from the pier. Another rendition suggests the name came from Sudano’s dead childhood goldfish Johnny, whom she tried to summon back to life by yelling, “Johnny, swim!” The latest rendition, dubbed as the “true story” during a City Paper interview with Ramirez, is that the band name was taken from a metal song. “The truth is we’ve waited a long time to tell the truth about our band name. We’ve deflected for years, but it’s time we come clean. There was this metal band that I used to absolutely love growing up called Cannibal Lecture. They had a song about a guy drowning, and the chorus was ‘Swim, Johnny, swim!’” says Ramirez. “There it is … the ugly truth,” says Ramirez. Why do we get the feeling that this might be another one of the pair’s stories? Regardless of the name’s true origin, JOHNNYSWIM has had much success with their first full-length disc Diamonds, a shift from their inaugural self-titled 2008 EP. “Now our sound reflects a lot more what we’ve spent our time listening to and loving, not just what other people say we should or shouldn’t be,” says Ramirez. —Kalyn Oyer FRIDAY

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