#81 - Simon Joyner - My Life Is Sweet
Pretty much holds his own against any other songwriter recording music today. Best known for John Peel playing one of his record’s in full on air (the only other person sharing such an accolade being Bob Dylan) & as a frequent influence and one-time collaborator with Conor Oberst, his work has gone sadly overlooked for far far far too long. His 2001 record Hotel Lives is probably his best and most consistent work in a discography full of incredible work. This is one of the many sprawling, wordy and emotive pieces of work that make him such an extraordinary songwriter.
The first gig I ever put on was Simon Joyner in the basement of the worst venue in leeds. Very few people turned up, i lost a lot of money (especially for a 16 year old) and the setting couldn’t have been worse - but it was completely worth it for the honour of bringing a totally legit legend to my home city.