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, Smog/Bill Callahan, and Dump. 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. Considered a forefather of the Omaha music scene, and primary influence on Bright Eyes, he's been releasing critically acclaimed albums on various independent labels every few years for over two decades. He keeps a low profile and tours only occasionally, spending most of his time working and raising a family, allowing writing and music to remain an artistic outlet rather than an occupation.
Joyner is touring in support of his thirteenth proper album, Grass, Branch, and Bone , out now on Woodsist, as well as his new book of selected lyrics, Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics 1990-2014 on Magic Helicopter Press.