Simon Joyner & the Ghosts FREE performance

  • August 30, 2019
  • Landlocked Music
  • 115 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • (812) 339-2574
  • 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Free

FREE All-Ages Performance with Simon Joyner & the Ghosts + David Brown on Friday, August 30th at 6pm!

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.

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-three full-length recordings on labels including Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Shrimper, and Woodsist, as well as 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.


"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

"Simon's always been a secret handshake amongst me and my peers. He's a pioneer. He's helped pave the way for many people, myself included. He's an artist in its purest form- for his only concern is crafting a perfect song--which he's done time and time again." - Kevin Morby

Special Thanks to the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Zone Arts Grant Program for their support in our 2019 concert series!

Simon Joyner & the Ghosts FREE performance