Every once in a great while the stars align and the universe works its mystical powers to match and unite people into perfect and harmonious couples and/or partners like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Johnny Cash and June Carter, and, now, Pharis and Jason Romero. However, unlike some of these pairings, Pharis and Jason aren’t only united in music but united in marriage as well, and this comes across on their new album, A Passing Glimpse.
Pharis and Jason are both well-known in the old-time music circles. Pharis for her work with the group Outlaw Social and Jason for his work at J. Romero Banjo Co. handcrafting banjos. On A Passing Glimpse, both showcase these amazing talents harmonizing and picking, which Jason does on banjos he made by hand.
Their old-timey music not only reflects their hands-on approach, but, also, their rustic lifestyle deep in the woods of Northern British Columbia. Pharis’ voice is as golden as the sun’s rays seeping through the forest ceiling and Jason’s banjo and guitar playing is as thick as the pines. When listening to Pharis and Jason, it becomes clear that this is music made by two authentic people who not only sing the songs but also live the lifestyle.
A Passing Glimpse is a beautiful collection of antique tunes and equally ancient-sounding songs written by Pharis. It’s a well-crafted album made by the hands of and from the hearts of two people who love each other as much as they love the music they make.