Simon Joyner

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": folk lo-fi singer-songwriter indie alt-country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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9 August 1971, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The Bob Dylan of Midwestern indie rock, troubadour Joyner was a major influence on fellow Nebraskan Conor Oberst aka Bright Eyes, and the godfather of the Omaha music scene that coalesced around Oberst in the early 00s. Joyner started prolifically churning out lo-fi, DIY indie folk with a bittersweet, contemplative tinge in the early 90s. His earliest efforts were sparsely arranged, often based largely around his own guitar, but over time he began incorporating ever more elaborate accompaniment by a shifting cast of musicians, including members of Lambchop, the Dirty Three, Wilco, Pinetop Seven, and many others. Inspired by moody, imagistic late 60s/early 70s singer-songwriters like Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Townes Van Zandt, Joyner brought old-school poetic songcraft to the alt rock world. He openly acknowledged this artistic debt with 2001’s To Almost No One, a 7-inch box set on which he covered songs by some of...

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