Simon Joyner is one of those guys whose name always comes up in conversation about others. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Be it Beck, Conor Oberst, or even John Peel, if one is affected by the music of Simon Joyner they will certainly reveal it. However, even when Joyner is discussed by himself... reviews and write-ups can often be covered with references to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and other big figures of the "singer/songwriter" domain.
Maybe that's not a bad thing either... because once the listener finally gets to listen to his music, they will find Joyner surely stands on his own. Joyner's music is intelligent, lyrical, and constantly changing, not unlike the man who writes it. Perhaps the most admirable trait of this man is the eloquence of which he can speak about his craft... and Simon Joyner is certainly a craftsman.