Simon Joyner is a singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska who has been heralded by artists such as Gillian Welch, Kevin Morby, and Conor Oberst, as well as the late British DJ John Peel. Paired with an ensemble of percussion, electric guitar, keys, viola & cello Joyner projects a spare and powerful atmosphere.
In a career now spanning thirty years he’s achieved a legendary status as a songwriter’s songwriter while managing to fly under the radar, quietly releasing albums ripe with songs showcasing his poetic narratives which are routinely compared to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Bob Dylan.
His latest album, “Songs from a Stolen Guitar” is a haunted masterpiece, a stark meditation on memory, loss, and isolation which ultimately concludes that struggle and suffering are inextricable components of joy.
“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