Coming from a thousand miles and a border apart, Pharis and Jason Romero met in 2007 at an old-time fiddle jam. Both had been playing music for decades – Pharis her whole life – and both were drawn to early country, old time, blues, and bluegrass. In 2010 they moved their home and the J. Romero Banjo Company north to Pharis’ hometown, the small interior B.C. town of Horsefly. In this wilderness hamlet they build their finely crafted banjos, and play and write the music, new and old, that they adore.
Pharis & Jason released their second duo record, Long Gone Out West Blues, in early 2013. A follow-up to their 2011 release A Passing Glimpse, Long Gone brings a « refreshing veteran spirit » in keeping with their love of vintage roots song and tune — connecting 1927 to 2013 in a most honest way through original music, banjos, acoustic guitars, and vibrant singing. Nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards and two Western Canadian Music Awards, Long Gone Out West Blues has been featured on NPR Music’s Favorite Sessions, Utne Magazine’s Monthly Music Sampler, and Folk Alley’s Hear It First. A Passing Glimpse earned them New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Americana Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards, and and was included on many Best and Most Played of 2011 charts including Folk Alley, Folk-DJ, and Galaxie Folk-Roots.
THEIR CHEMISTRY IS UNDENIABLE, AND THE SONG FEELS LIKE IT’S BEEN ROLLING ALONG A DUSTY PLAIN OUT WEST FOR DECADES, JUST WAITING TO BE PICKED UP AND SUNG.
– NPR MUSIC – FAVORITE SESSIONS
WITH EFFORTLESS HARMONIES, INTRICATE FINGER-PICKING, AND A REFRESHING VETERAN SPIRIT, PHARIS & JASON’S SECOND ALBUM DISPLAYS A STARTLING PROWESS.
– UTNE READER