Home Sweet Road: Finding Love, Making Music & Building a Life One City at a Time

Convergent. Jun. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780593160206. $29.95. MUSIC
Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez formed the band Johnnyswim in Nashville in 2005. The self-described folk, soul, blues, and pop music duo have released three albums, and their work continues to find a growing audience. Known for the series At Home with Johnnyswim on the Magnolia network and for their song “Home,” which was the theme song for the show Fixer Upper, Sudano and Ramirez seem poised for breakout success. Here they offer a candid look at their lives on and off stage and their very different upbringings—Ramirez is the son of Cuban immigrants who emigrated as part of the Mariel Boatlift; Sudano is the daughter of legendary singer Donna Summer. The artists met in a Nashville church, and their faith remains a central part of their lives. Interspersed with love, humor, and advice (“A bad yes is worse than a heartbreaking no”), their book is part band and family backstory, part lushly photographed look at their world, and it serves as Johnnyswim’s origin story and artists’ statement as well as a love letter to fans and each other.
VERDICT Intimate and inspirational; the ultimate souvenir program for fans of Johnnyswim.
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