Pharis and Jason Romero:
Long Gone Out West
Produced by: Pharis and Jason Romero
Released: 2013 www.pharisandjason.com
Pharis and Jason Romero first met in 2007 and started playing together. They both had quite a bit of musical background in performing and blended well as is evident in their music. Their first album together was released in 2007 and this is their second release as a duo. Along with making albums and performing they also teach in music camps and bluegrass workshops. For bluegrass lovers this album will be very pleasing. The musicianship and singing are excellent as is the song writing.
Seven of the songs are written or co-written by them. The production is also first class. The music features the traditional bluegrass instruments, guitar, banjo, and fiddle and the lyrics and melodies are also traditional. The lyrics by themselves appear to be on the down side, but the melodies and performing have a bright upbeat feel on most of the songs and the atmosphere of the album is light and upbeat.
It starts out with a song written by Pharis titled Sad Old Song:
And the whole room dies down when you sing out a sad song
One little voice to carry the room along
But it don’t matter when the room dies down
The playing on the acoustic instruments is well done and has a good feel to it. The songs are the old story telling type of songs about people traveling through the west, like Long Gone Out West Blues:
Going out west for the mountain breeze
The high plains are killing me
Where the wild still roam and the trees grow high
It’s a long gone out west blues
Truck Driver Blues continues the traveling atmosphere with its bits of country real life lessons and philosophies:
Feeling tired and weary from my head down to my shoes
Said I’m feeling tired and weary from my head down to my shoes
Got a low down feeling truck driver’s blues
Ride, ride, ride on into town
There’s a honkytonk gal a-waiting, and I’ve got troubles to drown
Never did have nothing, got nothing left to lose
Said I never did have nothing, got nothing left to lose
Got a low down feeling, truck driver’s blues
There is a break in the vocal numbers with Lost Lula and again with Sally Goodin which are banjo instrumentals and display some nice finger picking as do all of the songs.
If you like bluegrass I really think you will like this album.