Out Into the Snow: An Interview with Simon Joyner
“My dad played guitar and sang to us all the time as kids. He said stuff like “no one can really understand you quite like a good guitar does,” and encouraged me to take it up at an early age. He had a massive record collection so I grew up listening to singer-songwriters like Dylan, Neil Young, Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin, Leonard Cohen, and Phil Ochs, as well as great rock and psych stuff like Moby Grape, The United States of America, the Byrds, Stones, Beatles, and the Velvet Underground.
It’s true I was named after Paul Simon. My younger brother was named after Paul Simon’s song “Duncan.” Great song off the first solo record. My other younger brother was named Jesse Donovan, after a Donovan and Janis Ian song called “Jesse”, or maybe it was after Jesse Colin Young. I can’t remember. My folks were Alabama hippies!”
From my interview with Joyner. Check it out in full here.