Pharis and Jason Romero (from the album Sweet Old Religion)
Life had other plans for Pharis and Jason Romero, taking the musicians away from songwriting to deal with more immediate needs of caring for family and re-building. The Canadian musical duo and instrument makers lost their shop to fire and day-to-day became dealing with the loss while caring for a newborn son, their second child. Songwriting was out of reach for the couple, and when the songs once again began to tap Pharis and Jason Romero on the shoulder the emotions picked up the pen, the results collected on the recent release, Sweet Old Religion. Pharis remembers the time away from songwriting, and cherishes both the community that came together to help as well as the muses return recalling ‘music and songwriting were hovering at the edge but never came inside. There was no space to just sit and be and let thoughts, melodies, and ideas ferment. Just weeks after everyone left all the music, all of the songwriting, it just began to flow immediately as if a tap was opened. There was suddenly this space for all those months of really big feelings–having our son, dealing with loss and change, and receiving so much love and support–to be gathered into this big swirl of ideas, feelings, and melodies. It just all started coming out like crazy’.
The freedom of finding footing once again can be heard in Sweet Old Religion, in the sparkling picking and strums of the title track album opener. Pharis and Jason Romero deliver note-perfect harmonies and a gentle sway in “Old World Style”, tell the open-road-loving story with a rhythmic bounce in “Come on Love”, pour love into “You are the Best Thing”, and share details from their own past with “The Salesman”. Sweet Old Religion will take Pharis and Jason Romero back on tour, secure at home with a rebuilt workshop, a mostly finished house, and two happy kids. Lessons learned are etched into the stories on Sweet Old Religion, with warnings woven into “Stitch in Time” and in the experiential advice of “Salt and Powder” while Pharis and Jason Romero sing for the ramblers “Leave the Garden Gate Open” and “Age Old Dream”.
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