Boomkat Product Review:
Now on his tenth proper LP, it’s about time Simon Joyner got due credit as one of America’s most distinctive voices in modern songwriting. On Skeleton Blues, Joyner is joined by Nebraska’s The Fallen Men who play The Band to Joyner’s Dylan. The opening song, ‘Open Window Blues’ exemplifies this perfectly (and sounds in no small way like it might actually have been penned by Dylan), Joyner’s rant-like vocals poetically over-spilling while his backing group pin him down with a solid beat. In fact, one reason why this album works so well is because Joyner’s characteristically wayward pitching is reigned in by the tightness of The Fallen Men’s arrangements. Throughout the album twin lead guitars flood the mix, but without ever overdoing it, and more than merely fleshing the record out, they enforce a fuzzy vintage tone that complements these songs perfectly - all the more impressive considering all this was recorded in an old train station over the course of a single weekend. Probably the finest thing here, is the magnificent ‘The Only Living Boy In Omaha’, which has that Nashville Skyline feel to it. Joyner goes solo for the full ten minutes of album closer, ‘My Side Of The Blues’ and rounds off a wonderful album in suitably spine tingling fashion.