While they are still in their 20’s, The Abrams have a hard-earned reputation as seasoned touring veterans. They perform with an explosive energy, honed over 20 years of experience. They’ve performed at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, and embarked on repeated tours across multiple continents. Their touring career has also influenced their songwriting, creating a lasting impact with their fans across many cultural divides, from playing a community hall in Texas, to a world music festival in Israel. With their acceptance of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin award in 2006, they were recognized as ambassadors for peace in the Middle East through music. All of this took place before they reached legal driving age. The country duo from Kingston Ontario are something of an anomaly, their music is the kind that can’t be whipped up over a few weeks in a rehearsal space, and shows their immense talent and lifelong passion.
4th generation in a line of songwriters, performers and recording artists in their family instilled in them the ability to tell stories that speak to the hearts of their fans. John and James’s most recent songs speak about experiences of love and loss, through good times and tough times, partly drawn from their relationships with their wife and girlfriend respectively, who support them through the successes and difficulties that come with a touring lifestyle. The result is a new album of songs that are both deeply personal, and widely relatable, led by the first single Sounds Good To Me, produced by Matt Rovey (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson). “Sounds Good To Me is all about the little things. The real and honest things. The simple moments in life that end up being everything we live for, especially with the people we love.”
While John and James have gone through many different stages of their career,two things have always been true: their deep and intrinsic love of country music,and the fact that they cannot remember life before they started making country music. It has simply always been there. Knowing what they can accomplish in the studio, and how to translate that to the stage, The Abrams are as authentic as it gets. No gimmicks. No smoke and mirrors. No filters. The Abrams just make good honest music.
• Opened the Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood, VA with an exclusive show featuring Ralph Stanley
• Performed on The Grand Ole Opry in 2005, and were among the youngest performers to appear on the show.
• In 2006, The Abrams were awarded the Daniel Pearl Violin, recognizing them as global ambassadors for peace.
• 6 x top billed main stage headliners of the Jacob’s Ladder Festival in Galilee, Israel.
• Have toured the US for 15+ years, headlined 4 UK tours and 2 European tours.
• Top 40 charting at Canadian Country Radio with “Fine”•Top 50 charting at Canadian Country Radio with“Champion”?
• Top 100 charting in the US on Americana Radio with “Northern Redemption”
• Top 60 charting on Alt-Rock/Modern Rock Radio in Canada with “Thirteen.”
• Heavy rotation on CMT in the US and Canada with videos from Northern Redemption album and self-titled EP.
• Have been featured multiple times on NPR, BBC, CBC, Bravo, Cosmopolitan, FOX and NBC.
• Performed on the main stages at Boots and Hearts, Big Valley Jamboree, Cavendish Beach Festival, Dauphin Country Fest, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Hillside Festival and more.
• Opened for The Dixie Chicks, Feist, America, Tom Cochrane, Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead), John Hammond, Dean Brody, and Tim Hicks, among others.