Paste's Maplewood Sessions in Nashville, Tenn.: Johnnyswim

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Each year Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival becomes the seventh-largest city in Tennessee for just one weekend, welcoming an influx of music lovers to the farm in Manchester. But Bonnaroo is far from the only cultural hub in the state, even for that mind-blowingly memorable weekend in June. Just an hour down the highway lies Nashville, whose reputation for cranking out radio-friendly country music is only the beginning of the sonic delight that the city has to offer.

We were lucky enough to host a few fine musicians on our back porch in East Nashville, catching some one-of-a-kind performances as the artists made their way to Bonnaroo. Johnnyswim, the husband-and-wife duo of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, may be based in Los Angeles, but the pair met and began performing together right there in Music City. Watch Johnnyswim perform “Don’t Let It Get You Down” live in Nashville in the player below.

Directed by Peter Lockhart
Edited by Bill Antonucci
Cameras operated by Bill Antonucci, Peter Lockhart, Zach Philyaw, Brad Wagner
Audio by Bob Mallory
Lighting by Brad Wagner
Production Assistant: Martin Charboneau