The Fretboard Journal is proud to premiere Pharis & Jason Romero’s latest album, Sweet Old Religion, ahead of its official release date of May 18, 2018. Sweet Old Religion is the Juno Award-winning duo’s first collection of all-original songs and features contributions by Marc Jenkins, Josh Rabie, Patrick Metzger and Fretboard Journal favorite John Reischman. We think you’ll love it.
The Romeros should be familiar names to anyone who has followed the FJ for a while. It’s rare to find a pair of musicians who are as equally adept at building instruments as they are performing. You may remember the documentary we produced on their music, banjo creations and life in Horsefly, British Columbia. (The original workshop featured in that video burned down; we also followed their rebuild progress on our podcast).
Pharis explains the backstory to the Sweet Old Religion: “We took a year off performing in 2016, and that year turned our world on a new axis; we decided to build a new house, had our second child, won a Juno, our banjo workshop burned to the ground – and after a summer of being surrounded by friends and loved ones, what came next was this album. With a sense of connection and gratitude that was unfathomable previously, we moved forward into rebuilding, loving up and touring with two little kids, and embracing life.”
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