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 (who he just performed with at Carnegie Hall in November).
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.
— David Nance:
“This is spastic dance music for rock 'n' roll deviants, a jabbing pointer finger at the soullessness of the pixelated present, blown out and blown up like a basement tape.” — NPR
“...he's possibly the best songwriter in the United States that nobody outside DIY tape collectors and his friends has heard.” — Noisey
“Nance’s songs often feel as though they have been unearthed from a record bin, the black truffle at the end of the hog’s nose, mucked with the influence of Reed, Skip Spence and Keith Richards and filled with roughened characters that exist on their own fringes.” — Hear Nebraska
“Turn it up.” — Aquarium Drunkard