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Aug 042014



Simon Joyner, one of the best songwriters alive, is playing an intimate house show tonight at Ryan Norris’ place. The wonderful Cortney Tidwell and Whisperer will also perform.

The Facebook event page has the details:

Sweetblood Sound presents an evening with Simon Joyner and special guests Cortney Tidwell & Whisperer (Sam T. Smith).
Weather permitting, performances will take place at the Gardens of Sweetblood Sound. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, etc. Park on Wallace and enter through the garden gate to the left of the garage. Please be courteous and respectful to our neighbors.

7pm, $10, BYOB

“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 and an occasional producer of other people’s albums.”

“Courtney Tidwell could have been beamed to the Luminaire from a bohemian folk bar in 1960s Greenwich Village. Her music, meanwhile, suggest a collation of the sounds she heard on her time-traveling journey. Swirling, yet smudgy, pulsing with coruscations, hers is a moonlit sound, intangible and strange. Tidwell’s voice is the most remarkable instrument here. When she clambers over scales, extends individual syllables across four-note melodies, or abandons words altogether to revel in sounds There’s something strikingly individual about her, a mysterious quality all her own.

“From the darkened corners of the world come the songs of Whisperer (Sam T. Smith). These songs evoke a quiet beauty, each one putting it’s heart on the line. Hailing originally from North Carolina, he did much of his growing up in Kansas. Both of these places, these homes, have played a major part in the development of Smith as a songwriter, bringing out that sense of longing and heartache that are so apparent in his lyrics, as well as elements of the natural world.”

The show also received a Critic’s Pick from Stephen Trageser at the Nashville Scene. See below for a video I recorded of Simon’s last Nashville performance at Noa Noa. Don’t miss this!



Simon Joyner, Cortney Tidwell, Whisperer
Monday, August 4th, 7 p.m., $10, BYOB
@ the Gardens of Sweetblood Sound (house)
240 Wallace Rd
Nashville, TN 37211

Dec 132013

We at Noa Noa house are extremely proud and lucky to be hosting Simon Joyner for the Nashville stop on his winter living room tour.  The event takes place Friday, December 13th at 8 p.m. Tickets are ADVANCE SALES ONLY. Purchase yours at this link. Update: I just heard from Simon that they will also accept cash at the door! $15, exact change preferred.

Who is Simon Joyner? Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and the Desaparecidos called him, “probably my favorite songwriter in the world.”  He’s also one of my favorites. More from Simon’s wiki:

Considered by some to be the forefather of the burgeoning Omaha music scene, he has profoundly influenced the music of Bright Eyes. Joyner also collaborated with John Darnielle, of The Mountain Goats, and Beck listed Joyner in his top 10 albums when asked by Rolling Stone. He is also famous for the so called “Peel Incident,” when famous British DJ John Peel played his album The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll from beginning to end on air.

Don’t miss your chance to see a true music pioneer in an intimate setting.

Simon’s new album Ghosts is available on vinyl and mp3 at his website, Amazon.com, and your favorite independent record shop.

Simon Joyner
Friday, December 13th, 8 p.m.
$15, byob. Park in front lot and surrounding business lots.

@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203