Bet On Love, the fifth record from two-time Juno Award winners, Pharis and Jason Romero, is a modern folk ode to the reciprocal relationships between place, people and time. Recorded in their banjo shop outside the small Northern town of Horsefly, British Columbia, with the help of producer Marc Jenkins (who produced their Juno-winning 2018 record Sweet Old Religion), the album is quite literally home grown. The songs on Bet On Love, coming May 15, 2020, are inspired by the land the Romeros live on and the lifestyle they have chosen to lead, focused on balance, simplicity and intention. Add in a bustling boutique banjo business and the raising of two young children with the busy life of active musicians, and the balancing act itself becomes an art form.
From the outside, this existence drips with romanticism. Two people in love, building banjos and rearing children by day while writing and performing intimate music by night. Yet on the inside this deceptively simple, elegant life is only made possible by applying an acute dedication to life and art, form and function, music and family. The same focus that has made Pharis & Jason Romero two of the best instrument builders in the world is brought to bear on mastering the acoustic tones of their recorded music. Their new album shines with life, reflecting a deep sense of love and community. Their unique world gently offers up tone and song, bound together in music of transcendent beauty.
In the end, Pharis and Jason Romero choose the unconventional — touring selectively with two small kids, making banjos in the woods, recording at home in the winter — and they live and sing about those choices with vibrancy and an elite skill set honed through decades of dedication. Their songs are an expression of a hope found in the resilience of community, and of a love born from family, united in the melodies of life.
“A perfect antidote to this sped-up, modern world” – No Depression
“Just turn this album on, you’ll love it” – Folk Alley
“Songs worthy of being reincarnated by future generations” – Saving Country Music
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