LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE ON PALLADIA UNEARTHS "DIAMONDS" AS HUSBAND-WIFE DUO JOHNNYSWIM GETS DOWN WITH DARYL HALL ON 65TH EPISODE
NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2014--Live from Daryl's House never felt more like home, as the show welcomes the now L.A.-based husband-wife team of JOHNNYSWIM for its 65th and latest installment, the third new show of 2014, following Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons. The latest episode premieres on Viacom's high-definition music channel Palladia on Thursday, February 20, on the VH1 App on February 28 and then will be available on March 15 on Daryl's dedicated LFDH.com website, the final show at Daryl's old home, which has since been sold.
Married couple Abner and Amanda-Sudano Ramirez join Daryl and the band for a six-song set that includes a pair of Daryl Hall and John Oates classics, including the Top 10 single, "Adult Education," one of two songs recorded for the 1984 compilation Rock and Soul Part 1, and "Do What You Want, Be What You Are," the song from their 1976 album, Bigger Than Both Of Us, which was also the title of their 2009 Sony Legacy four-CD box set. The group then joins forces on four JOHNNYSWIM originals, including "Diamonds," the title track from their full-length debut, produced by Abner and slated for release April 29 on their own indie label Big Picnic Records, as well as "Home," a Creedence Clearwater-styled swamp-rocker that perfectly captures the Live from Daryl's House setting. There are also performances of the title track from their critically acclaimed Heart Beats EP, and a soulful rendition of "Annie."
In the regular cooking segment, chef Eric Blomberg of New York's Blue Ribbon Restaurants provides a meat-eaters' special, demonstrating for Daryl and JOHNNYSWIM how to prepare the bone marrow of a cow with oxtail marmalade.
The duo called the opportunity to play on Live from Daryl's House "a highlight of the year for us... We've been watching the show for years and it was a dream come true to get to see it in person, play with Daryl and the band, and be a part of the legacy it's creating. Not to mention the house, food and hang we're epic. It was like being part of a family. Let's do it again!"
Daryl was duly impressed with the pair. "What a day. That is one fantastic duo, and I love duos. They were so prepared, and such good musicians. They just jumped right in. I love their songs, especially 'Annie.' The band and I had a great time."
Amanda was exposed to music at a young age, while Abner studied music at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in his native Jacksonville, FL. The two met in 2006 in Nashville and started collaborating musically after discovering their similar influences of folk, soul and rock. Since then, they've relocated to Los Angeles, released two critically lauded EPs and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and the Today Show. The duo has toured extensively, including stops at SXSW, Spoleto Festival, Bonnaroo and a support slot for Emeli Sandé. They were chosen as VH1's first-ever "You Oughta Know" artists and have performed on the network's The O Music Awards and Do Something Awards shows. Vogue called their music "infectious," Entertainment Weekly raved, "As lovely as they are talented," and Paste said of the duo, "one of a kind."
JOHNNYSWIM are scheduled to play at SXSW in Austin (March 12-14), the New Orleans Jazz Fest (May 2) and the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE (June 19).
The past seven years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl's House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual ceremony at N.Y.'s Cipriani Wall Street before garnering an O Music Award from MTV.
Live from Daryl's House executive producers are Hall and manager Jonathan Wolfson.
The 64 previous episodes of Live From Daryl's House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Gavin DeGraw, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Jason Mraz, The Voice's Cee Lo Green, Shelby Lynne, Joe Walsh, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rob Thomas, Train, Smokey Robinson, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Keb Mo, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, along with newcomers such as Grizzly Bear, Rumer, Allen Stone, the Dirty Heads, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mayer Hawthorne, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T's, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums and Neon Trees.
Palladia, Viacom Media Networks' high-definition music channel, launched in January 2006 and features original music-based programming for a variety of music genres, including hip hop, rock, country, pop, contemporary, classic rock, alternative rock, soul and more, as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from Viacom Music Group's MTV, VH1, and CMT family of services. The channel has grown to 32 million households and is available on major U.S. carriers including Comcast, Cox, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner, Dish, DIRECTV, Charter, AT&T u-Verse, Cablevision and Insight.