One balmy afternoon last month, Simon Joyner and his band, The Ghosts, came over to the Grub Garage to take some press photos with photographer Zach Hollowell. They did a little rearranging, added a few props, and tried to look like they were all melting pleasantly in the middle of the hundred degree plus cooker of an afternoon.
Simon, if you don’t know, is a folk music legend and one of the forefathers of the Omaha music scene. You can hear his influence on any Bright Eyes’ record, when asked by Rolling Stone, Beck listed him in his top 10 favorite albums, and John Peel, of the Peel Sessions, played his Cowardly Traveller album on the air from beginning to end. New Orleans born, he’s also a tried and true South Omaha boy and our neighbor just down the way.
August 14th, Simon will release his latest album, GHOSTS. It’s his first release since 2009, and was recorded, mixed and mastered entirely all-analog. Not one bit of digital technology was used. The double album explores love and death, “The only themes.” Simon says.
The band leaves for a west coast tour this July with more dates to follow this fall. You can find tour dates, here. You can pre-order the double LP – available only on deluxe, gatefold, tip-on jacket vinyl with a digital download card – here.