She has been likened to movie director John Ford for her sweeping, epic story songs, to Stanley Kubrick for her stark, raw edged vignettes of the history of the American West, and to Tom Russell for her provoking lyrics.
Juni Fisher's sound skills as a songwriter and singer come honestly. At five, she was soloing on stage, and by eight had gained a mastery of her first guitar that allowed her to accompany herself and two sisters at a multitude of venues in central California. Solo, she captured kudos at talent contests and center stage at benefit performances.
Picking up her sister's banjo in high school, Juni pulled together a bluegrass trio, and went on to front a dance orchestra, singing songs from a generation before her.
Stints with bands, playing country music dance halls from central to southern California honed her voice to a sound that is her's alone.
Listeners might hear sweet, vocal passages reminiscent of an early Joan Baez, or Maura o'Connell. Her love of traditional folk music blends seamlessly with an equal love for the songs of the American West. Her captivating performances are filled with the perfect, essential marriage of crystalline guitar passages, both strong and moving.
Juni Fisher chooses to write songs not for their "radio ready" appeal, but instead for their heart wrenching, inspiring, funny, enchanting and thought provoking impact. Because the lives of the people behind her songs are so multi layered, she leaves the discovery of the vast levels of her storylines to the listener.
One thing is for certain, those who stop to listen, to venture into the tapestry of story and song this remarkable lady has carefully and beautifully woven, are captivated, enchanted, moved to laughter and to tears. Such is the music, such are the songs, such are the encounters with Juni Fisher.