Jim Pharis is a Louisiana based Modern Acoustic Blues player.

Pharis began playing in his early teens. Influenced by the folk and blues music boom of the 1960's, he began taking lessons from a local classical guitar teacher. Those lessons created a strong foundation for Jim's dynamic fingerstyle approach to the guitar.
Jim Pharis performs in a variety of music settings in the American South. His most recent release is 2018's critically acclaimed, High Mileage.



"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!"
MOD Coffeehouse Galveston, TX

 "Jim Pharis has played for Spirits several
times. We always look forward to his performances. He is an unbelievably talented guitarist and plays a style of music that's not heard often. Good singer and good story teller. Keeps our audiences well entertained." 


Spirits Food and Friends Alexandria, La.

 High Mileage won’t leave you stranded and won’t disappoint.  A downhome appeal from an agile guitarist with a folksy voice presenting something real and organic for listeners to enjoy.
No matter what the odometer says, High Mileage runs like a dream. As humble and unpretentious as the old truck on its cover, the quiet, dependable set of acoustic blues covers and originals from Jim Pharis, an understated master of slow fingerpicking, takes its own sweet time getting from place to place.

The rusting pickup truck on the cover of High Mileage, the third full-length album from Louisiana-based singer-songwriter Jim Pharis, is the subject of the collection’s cantering, bent-note title track. Over a stinging razor-wire riff, Pharis’ weathered, fraying vocal compares the automotive hulk to his own biological shell.

He concludes that both may be battered but they’ll get the job done, an attitude that serves as the theme for this set of originals and country blues and gospel covers. Pharis does more than accept human frailties here; he cherishes them with infectious good humor.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine November 2018