Bahamas is Afie Jurvanen, a Toronto, ON-based singer/songwriter raised in quiet-lake-surrounding city of Barrie. It was there that his industrious nature picked up a few tricks on the guitar. He adopted the moniker Bahamas for his 2009 debut record Pink Strat. The LP received nominations for both the Polaris Prize and 2010 Juno for "Roots & Traditional Album of the Year - Solo". His second album, Barchords, was released in 2012 through new-found friend Jack Johnson's record label, Brushfire Records. The record again received nominations for two Juno Awards and the coveted Polaris Prize. Bahamas' new record, Bahamas is Afie, was released August 19, and has already received praise from Exclaim!, American Songwriter, and Uncut.
Jurvanen joined me over the phone from the UMFM studio to discuss touring with talented friends and why people can't dance to his music.
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