For a wanderer i'll stay
NPR Music's Best Songs of 2015 (so far)
#1 Album, song & artist - April 2015 FOLK DJs across north america
#1 song - March 2015 FOLK Djs
NPR Heavy rotation - 10 songs public radio can't stop playing
sung with sublime vocal harmonies that blend and intertwine effortlessly.
- NPR music - songs we love
5 stars. A very fine album.
- the telegraph UK - best country albums of 2015
their third duo record is perhaps their strongest yet. their warm sepia tone has no artifice: it all rings true.
4.5/5 stars. This is a stunning acoustic folk recording.
- lonesome road review
a knack for writing simple songs with beautiful lyrics and addictive melodies.
- The Bluegrass Situation
For old time country all roads lead to romero.
SIGN. ME. UP... The duo brings new life and passion to a classic folks and Americana... The Romeros welcome you into a timeless world and make you want to stay.
4/4 stars. There are inevitable comparisons with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, but this couple deserve to make their own headlines.
- postmedia news - big releases
- The Daily Express (UK)
Seriously. What more could you ask for?
- Folk Alley - Hear It First
8/10. There's easiness in the way that Pharis and Jason Romero sing together, but it's elsewhere, too — it's in the fluid and breathy interplay between his banjo and her guitar playing... they are on a roll; a steady, slow, deeply traditionally grounded roll.
The only downside to the major triumph that is A Wanderer I’ll Stay is that the record is going to create the kind of festival-circuit demand that will make downtime in Horsefly nothing but a fond memory.
- the georgia straight
9/10. spine tingling beauty of the human voice and a simple set of strings.
- Americana UK
Brilliant - I could listen to this all night long.
- Frank Hennessey, BBC radio wales
spectacularly beautiful music... deceptively simple-sounding songs that are actually rich with subtlety... Every library with a pop or folk collection should own this album.
- cd hotlist
They’re complex and thoughtful lyrically and, wow, you just have to hear the vocals to believe them.
arresting and memorable.
- Now Toronto
5/5 stars - album of the month. a masterpiece!
- flyinshoes review
a delicious little nugget of an album.
- folk radio UK
For Long gone out west blues
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
Anchored by Pharis's rock-solid rhythm guitar and propelled by Jason's inventive picking on a variety of banjos and guitars, their plaintive voices and soulful blend capture the ear and the imagination.
- acoustic guitar magazine
With effortless harmonies, intricate finger-picking, and a refreshing veteran spirit, Pharis & Jason's second album displays a startling prowess.
- UTNE Reader
Powerful close-harmony singing, bright solo vocals by Pharis, precision picking, and a lonesome, laid-back vibe, make this perfect for close listening, but also for playing in the background of your daily life.
- the huffington post
… effortlessly evolves tradition with innovation. Meanwhile, high watermarks like "Lost Lula" simply defy categorization.
- CMT EDGE
"This is a singin'-and-strummin' record from start to finish, with guitar and banjo encompassing the whole of the sonic palette. Fortunately, the musicianship is up to the task..."
- Pop Matters
A spirit emerges, clearly plucked from deep within obscure field recordings. From Pharis' thoughtful, creative originals to classics like "Sally Goodin", you might be hard pressed to determine what's old and what's new.
This is music made on a timeless continuum...
- Folk Alley
... wonderful, achingly beautiful harmonies. it's all perfectly judged, precise but never flashy picking, tangible chemistry and warmth between them and grade a songs.
- Maverick Magazine
The playing and singing is never showy or flash but pitched at exactly the right level and the results are classy and subtle and put others in the shade. It's the difference between single malt and a blend. Nothing wrong with blends but given the choice...
- americana uk
The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, with that certain magic smoldering when their twin voices wrap tightly around each other.
- Bluegrass unlimited
think Gillian Welch but earthier — and they do it very well.
- The BC Province
- Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales
songs of rare beauty and tenderness.
- Penguin Eggs
Authenticity rings true in every note, while the lyrics evoke lonesome tales from back then and right now. Pharis and Jason Romero could well be the future of a bygone sound.
- Herald Scotland
record of the week... has raised the roots barn door ever higher... a superb collection of self penned and tradition songs worked up in the warmest old timey style we have heard for some time...perfect harmonies and darn good picking.
- House of Mercy Radio
Their music thrives on its roots but also gives life to the new shoots on the branches of the future; this album assures us that the tree still flourishes.
- Folk Words
lovely, warm and engaging.
- BBC Radio Ulster
acoustic guitar magazine
Uprooted Music Revue
The Bluegrass situation
For A Passing Glimpse
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
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
Complete list: Reviews & Interviews for A Passing Glimpse
Uprooted Music Revue (interview)
Northern Sky Music Magazine
R2 (Rock’n’Reel) Magazine
Black Diamond Show,WNHU (interview)