Pharis & Jason Romero – Long Gone Out West Blues

Pharis & Jason Romero - Long Gone Out West Blues

On their last album A Passing Glimpse the Canadian folk duo Pharis & Jason Romero set the bar high and left a lasting impression on this listener drawing comparisons to Americana legends Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, the album went on to beat off stiff competition to capture the Canadian Folk Music award for New/ Emerging Artist of the Year.

Now they are back with another treat in the form of their latest release, on Long Gone Out West Blues the pair continue to impress with a heady collection of original material and carefully chosen re-creations of traditional songs and tracks from the great American song book including Ted Daffan’s Truck Drivers Blues and Walter Scott’s Across the Bridge. The albums sincerity and reverence is beautifully conveyed using minimal instrumentation including vintage guitars, both play ((1937 and 1941) Martin’s, that side-by-side instruments that were created by Jason in his own workshop – including the Romero resonator and a pair of his favourite banjo creations.

There’s talk of a tour this side of the pond in early 2014 – we’ll keep you posted as the dates are released, until then enjoy this pair of tracks from the album.

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Pharis & Jason Romero – A Passing Glimpse

Not sure I like the phrase old-timey to describe the music of Pharis & Jason Romero, timeless works better for me as there is an undoubted purity and authenticity permeating the music on their album A Passing Glimpse, embellishments are neither used or necessary on this album – indeed Jason Romero notes in the CD liner notes “No picks or synthetic heads were used on these banjo’s” referring to the instruments he fashions, builds and plays on the album.

The combination of banjo, guitar and vocals employed by the British Columbia based husband and wife team works perfectly on this their debut release as a couple, the vocal duties are shared and shine brightest where they harmonise whether on their original recordings or the covers and traditional tunes that make up this fifteen track album, in the world of faux authenticity we inhabit these days their music is a beacon of beautiful simplicity akin to the benchmark of Welch and Rawlings.

Where Is The Gamblin’ Man—Pharis & Jason Romero by hearth_music


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