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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, 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.
Mountain Bitters formed in the spring of 2016 from a strong desire to make music with other women. Megan brings her roots in Celtic music, Gretchen, her expertise in contra dance fiddling, and Emmalee, her love of singing Appalachian ballads. Making music in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Mountain Bitters is a nod to the traditions of this land and to the folk heritage of this region. In a time where people and places often feel separate and fragmented, Mountain Bitters holds dear their ties to land and people and the magic of music and connection.