Jim Pharis is a Louisiana based guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Pharis' sound is a mixture of music that includes Piedmont acoustic blues, jazz standards, New Orleans blues and country music. All these combine into what he calls "gumbo guitar".
Jim began playing guitar at 12 years old. His first guitar instructor was an avid Chet Atkins fan and those early lessons were influential in creating Pharis' dynamic fingerstyle guitar style.
Pharis has performed with and been on the same bill as David Sanger (Asleep At The Wheel), Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, and Johnny "Clyde" Copeland.
He has performed at clubs and festivals in the American South including South by Southwest, Austin's Aquafest, Antone's Blues Club, the Corpus Christi Blues Festival and the 3rd Street Songwriters Festival.
Jim Pharis has released three CDs, the most recent being 2018's High Mileage.
High Mileage received favorable reviews in a number of publications, including the November 2018 Fingerstyle Guitar Edition of Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
Acoustic Guitar Magazine called it a "Solid set of originals, blues, and gospel covers".
High Mileage has received airplay on radio stations in the U.S., the U.K., and South Africa.
Blues Blast Magazine
All About Vocals.com
Minor 7th Magazine
"Hey Jim, I just wanted to share with you that I got some wonderful compliments about your recent performance.
Our staff said you were extremely professional and talented (they’re musicians, so they would know!) and I heard from several patrons as well that your show was awesome! Thank you so much for being a part of our schedule!"
Rachel Delanoix - MOD Coffeehouse, Galveston, Tx.