1. Forsaken Love - Pharis & Jason Romero
2. A Passing Glimpse - Pharis Romero
3. My Flowers, My Companions & Me - PD. From a recording of an unknown singer made my Banjo Bill Cornett around 1958.
4. Where is the Gamblin' Man? - PD. From a 1934 Alan Lomax recording of Jim Williams and Group in South Carolina.
5. Lay Down in Sorrow - Pharis Romero
6. Hillbilly Blues - Uncle Dave Macon
7. Out on the Western Plains - PD. From the great Huddie Ledbetter.
8. I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail - Karl Davis & Harty Taylor
9. Dad's Song - Pharis Romero
10. It's Me Again Lord - Dottie Rambo
11. Wait Till the Clouds Roll By - PD (JT Wood & HJ Fulmer).
12. Cumberland Gap - PD
13. Engine 43 - The Carter Family
14. Only Gold - Pharis Romero
15. My Flowers, My Companions & Me Reprise - PD
Engineered and mixed by Ivan Rosenberg in Portland, OR. Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO.
Coming from a thousand miles and a border apart, Pharis and Jason Romero met in 2007 at an old-time fiddle jam. Both had been playing music for decades – Pharis her whole life – and both were drawn to early country, blues and fiddle-banjo music. In 2010 they moved their home and the J. Romero Banjo Company north to Pharis' hometown, the small interior B.C. town of Horsefly; in this wilderness hamlet they build their finely crafted and carefully appointed banjos. They play guitars and clawhammer and fingerstyle banjo to the songs and tunes, new and old, they adore; singing dreamy old time country and lovingly hard-cut vocals on traditional and original songs.
Writing songs about ageless characters, hard living, loss and love, Pharis’ songs have been played on radios around the world. She was called a “historical treasure” by the BC Folklore Society for her work as a co-founder of the western Canadian outfit Outlaw Social, an award-winning and innovative roots-folk band. Jason was a fixture on the Arcata, CA bluegrass and old-time scene, and is one badass old time banjo player. Jason and Pharis played with the Haints Old Time Stringband, with fiddler Erynn Marshall and mandolinist/guitarist/songwriter Carl Jones. "They play and sing superbly" (fRoots), and Shout Monah was named one of the best banjo releases of 2009 (Banjo Newsletter). In 2010 Jason and Pharis went on to release their concept recording, Back Up and Push. This instrumental album of fiddle tunes by nineteen celebrated west coast old time fiddlers with guitar and banjo back-up earned them the accolade "old-time duo of Canada" (Penguin Eggs).
Aside from building and performing, they also spend much of their year teaching at music camps and workshops.