My name is Jack Johnson, not to be confused with the former-heavyweight champion of the world Jack Johnson. I was born and raised in Hawaii and learned how to play guitar out on the front porch with my dad’s friends singing Cat Stevens and Bob Marley songs. When I hit high school I started a band with some friends called Limber Chicken and we covered Minor Threat and Bad Religion songs. I studied film in college then found myself making surf movies after I graduated. It was traveling the world making these surf films when I started writing the songs that ended up being my first album, “Brushfire Fairytales.” Here we are 5 albums later…
Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie–a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas–writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. His new album, Barchords, was released on February 7, 2012 to critical praise.
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