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Episode 65:


I want to echo what bevnunes just said about the over-produced episodes of this season of LFDH. I was always on the ball watching each new episode before but had almost come to the conclusion that it was over when you came back but after seeing Hall & Oates live in Manchester, England, last week I decided to give it another try. So I picked up where I left off before and I'm so glad I did. This episode was great. Johnnyswim are a fantastic duo, love their songs especially "Annie" and what a brilliant version of Daryl's "Do what you wanna do, be what you are" at the end! I heard on the grapevine already about the new house/new venue and I'm intrigued as to how that's going to go so bring it on - I have a few more to catch up on so keep on doing what you're doing!
- posted by KazzyT - July 15, 2014
I just have to say as a fan since the inception of LFDH (and yes, my car sports the LFDH bumper sticker) that it is so refreshing and rewarding that the powers that be listened to us about the over production of the first few episodes of this season. Things seem to be more like the originals and for that I am so very grateful. The over produced episodes almost made me too sad to even try again - ALAS, all is well. Thanks to all involved with that decision.
- posted by bevnunes - June 3, 2014
These two are so in tune and talented, she being Donna Summers daughter I am sure music was part of her home and heart. I have listened to them since "Home" came to the airwaves. I really am impressed with this show and it delivers on so many levels. Daryl man your voice is timeless and sounds as great as ever, better than when I was listening back in 76' when I bought Abandoned Luncheonette on vinyl. Not since Fitz and the Tantrums visited have I been so excited about a show. I have seem them too since discovering them from your show and they are amazing. I look forward to watching Johnnyswim climb the musical mountain as they should. Gracias Amigos y Amigas!
- posted by wjm41358 - May 5, 2014
This band really kicks it. All of Daryl's shows are the best. What a talented band and the musicians he has sit in are the best
- posted by etm - May 5, 2014
Oh yeah to add to my last comment, the song diamonds and home, along with heart beats and Annie, absolute magic! I am on a quest to put these versions in my library.
- posted by Twalke - May 3, 2014
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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."

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).
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