Grass, Branch & Bone

by Simon Joyner

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    "Grass, Branch & Bone" is Joyner's thirteenth proper album and a sonic departure from 2012's "Ghosts". While his last record was a double album of dark, dissonant songs confronting death and loss in the vein of Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night", this new album is sparse by comparison, running with the likes of other singer-songwriter outcast aftermath albums like Dylan's "John Wesley Harding", Gene Clark's "White Light", David Blue's "Stories", Jerry Jeff Walker's "Five Years Gone", Townes Van Zandt's "Our Mother the Mountain" and Cohen's "Recent Songs". It's a natural progression, after a funeral we always take stock and reflect on our own life. "Grass, Branch & Bone" is a song cycle of short stories about time and memory, full of people you've known and people you've been.

    "My favorite poet is Simon Joyner." - Gillian Welch

    1. Sonny
    2. Train to Crazy Horse
    3. You Got Under My Skin
    4. Jefferson Reed
    5. Some Fathers Let The Sunset Bring Them To Their Knees
    6. Old Days
    7. I Will Not Be Your Fool (The Muse's Song)
    8. In My Drinking Dream
    9. Nostalgia Blues

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    Musicians:
    Ben Brodin, Brian Crook, Maryrose Crook, Chris Deden, Kevin Donahue, Alek Erickson, Mike Friedman, Alex McManus, L.Eugene Methe, David Kenneth Nance, Megan Siebe, Noah Sterba.

    Recorded at ARC Studios
    Engineered by Ben Brodin
    String Arrangements by Megan Siebe
    Mixed by Ben Brodin and Simon Joyner
    Mastered by John Golden
    Design and layout by Zack Nipper and Simon Joyner
    Cover photograph by Sara Adkisson Joyner

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Beautifully housed in a deluxe "old style" tip-on jacket. Includes download card

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, and Alastair Galbraith. 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, 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.

"Grass, Branch & Bone" is Joyner's thirteenth proper album and a sonic departure from 2012's "Ghosts". While his last record was a double album of dark, dissonant songs confronting death and loss in the vein of Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night", this new album is sparse by comparison, running with the likes of other singer-songwriter outcast aftermath albums like Dylan's "John Wesley Harding", Gene Clark's "White Light", David Blue's "Stories", Jerry Jeff Walker's "Five Years Gone", Townes Van Zandt's "Our Mother the Mountain" and Cohen's "Recent Songs". It's a natural progression, after a funeral we always take stock and reflect on our own life. "Grass, Branch & Bone" is a song cycle of short stories about time and memory, full of people you've known and people you've been.

"My favorite poet is Simon Joyner." - Gillian Welch

1. Sonny
2. Train to Crazy Horse
3. You Got Under My Skin
4. Jefferson Reed
5. Some Fathers Let The Sunset Bring Them To Their Knees
6. Old Days
7. I Will Not Be Your Fool (The Muse's Song)
8. In My Drinking Dream
9. Nostalgia Blues

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released March 31, 2015

Woodsist 076

Musicians:
Ben Brodin, Brian Crook, Maryrose Crook, Chris Deden, Kevin Donahue, Alek Erickson, Mike Friedman, Alex McManus, L.Eugene Methe, David Kenneth Nance, Megan Siebe, Noah Sterba.

Recorded at ARC Studios
Engineered by Ben Brodin
String Arrangements by Megan Siebe
Mixed by Ben Brodin and Simon Joyner
Mastered by John Golden
Design and layout by Zack Nipper and Simon Joyner
Cover photograph by Sara Adkisson Joyner

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Simon Joyner Omaha, Nebraska

Simon Joyner is a singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska. He's been flying under the radar since 1991, releasing music on various independent labels including: Team Love, Jagjaguwar, Sing Eunuchs!, Catsup Plate, One-Hour, Shrimper, Brinkman, Secretly Canadian, and Unread. He is also the co-founder of Grapefruit Records (grapefruitrecordclub.com) and an occasional producer of other people's albums. ... more

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