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Pharis & Jason Romero
February 9, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Opener – Erin Ross
2012 Independent Music Award – Best Americana Album
#1 Album on the North American Folk DJ playlists – September 2011
Completely and absolutely beautiful – just great.
– Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales
Quite simply it would be a crime if this album were to linger forever in a banjo music backwater – it must surely be a contender for the North American folk album of the year. 9/10.
– Americana UK
The album is warm and honest. I can’t keep it out of my player.
– CBC Music
… a record that is further proof that the epicenter of Appalachian mountain music may very well have moved to the Pacific rim.
– Driftwood Magazine
… an album that just might convince you that a little heartbreak is beautiful. I haven’t heard anything closer to the lonesome feeling evoked by Charlie and Ira Louvin.
– Penguin Eggs
… a gorgeous, ethereal set that is powered by its restraint. Pharis and Jason thus manage to sound fresh and old simultaneously, connecting 2011 to 1927 in a most soulful way.
– Art Menius
… a triumph of melodic and harmonic simplicity.
– Aberdeen Voice
With songs that are deceptively simple, their voices blend in harmony and hover in the air before taking up permanent residence with the listener.
– Folk Alley
“Wow! Every so often you’re introduced to an act that bowls you over. Pharis and Jason have perfect, yearning harmonies, classic song-writing (and great song selection), deceptively simple, deeply-satisfying arrangements and a warm and natural sound that makes you think they’re in the room with you – all adorned with little twists and turns that grab your attention all over again.”
– Sandy Semeonoff, Celtic Music Radio (UK)
This is by far one of the best Folk albums I have heard all year. Listening to them is a pure joy.
– Christine Linde, KBCS
Pharis and Jason sing like birds and play wonderful old time music. Listening to their recording, I hear a banjo and a guitar, and imagine these two sweet and talented people opening the door to their cozy home in the wilds of British Columbia. The wind howls and the rain drives outside, but inside is a warm fire and a music from the true vine.
– Tim O’Brien
Pharis and Jason Romero have that duet sound that I love; the close, tight, enmeshed harmonies, so that sometimes you can’t tell who’s doing what—but you don’t care. It’s the whole that creates the feeling and gives you the chill bumps. Great songs and spare, tasteful accompaniment. I loved it.
– Alice Gerrard
I like this CD a lot. It makes me think of the music I grew up on back in Kentucky. Great songs, and some really great playing too!
– Ricky Skaggs