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SIMON JOYNER

GRASS, BRANCH & BONE

WOODSIST


Format: LP
Cata No: WOODSIST076
Barcode: 655035047614
Renowned American singer-songwriter Simon Joyner first came to prominence
during the lo-fi movement of the early ’90s alongside contemporaries
like Will Oldham, Peter Jefferies, the Mountain Goats, Smog and Alastair
Galbraith. Joyner was championed early on 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, making Joyner more well
known overseas than in his own country. Considered a forefather of the
Omaha music scene, he’s released 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 that record was a double-disc collection
of dark, dissonant songs confronting death and loss in the vein of Neil
Young’s Tonight’s the Night, this new one 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, one takes stock and reflect upon his or her own life. Grass, Branch &
Bone is a song-cycle of short stories about time and memory, full of people
the listener has known and even may have been.
“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. Since I first heard his music at the tender age of twelve not a year has
passed that I haven’t waited for and been rewarded with an amazing Simon
Joyner release of one kind or another. This year is no exception. 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

Tracks:

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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