Simon Joyner‘s brand of honest, authentic folk first came to prominence during the lo-fi movement of the early ’90s alongside contemporaries like Will Oldham, Peter Jefferies, the Mountain Goats and Bill Callahan. He’s been credited with influencing Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Gillian Welch, Kevin Morby and Beck.
Joyner was championed early by the late British DJ, John Peel, who famously played Joyner’s 1994 LP, “The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll”, start to finish on one of his BBC programs, initially making Joyner more well known overseas than in his own country. He is often referred to as a forefather of the Omaha music scene.
Following the mercurial path of heroes like Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Joyner has been releasing literate and challenging albums since the release of his first album, Room Temperature, in 1993. His discography includes 23 full-length recordings, as well as numerous singles and guest appearances. A book of his lyrics was released in 2016 under the title “Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics (1990-2014).” He tours the United States and Europe semi-regularly and is the co-owner of the Grapefruit Records label.
“Omaha has given us the reigning heir to Henry Miller’s dark emotional mirror, Townes Van Zandt’s three-chord moan, and Lou Reed’s warehouse minimalism: his name is Simon Joyner.” – Gillian Welch
“Pound for pound, Simon Joyner is my favorite lyricist of all time. He has shades of all the greats (Van Zandt, Cohen, Dylan) but exists in a space all his own … He truly is an American songwriting treasure. It is my hope that more people will discover his music and share in the unique joy that it brings.” – Conor Oberst
“Simon’s always been a secret handshake amongst me and my peers. He’s a pioneer. He’s helped pave the way for many people, myself included. He’s an artist in its purest form–for his only concern is crafting a perfect song – which he’s done time and time again.” – Kevin Morby
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