THURSDAY AUGUST 17TH!
Simon Joyner is a renowned American singer-songwriter who first came
to prominence during the Lo-Fi movement of the early 90’s alongside
contemporaries mining similar territory like Will Oldham, Peter
Jefferies, the Mountain Goats, and Bill Callahan. 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 one
of the forefathers of the Omaha music scene and an influence on his
friend, Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes.
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 twenty-two full-length recordings and 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 which operates from offices in Brooklyn, NY and Omaha, NE.
• QUOTES •
“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
(local legend of Violet/Working Poor etc!)
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