Tuesday, January 1, 2008

About Music - Sam Beam

Iron & Wine is the stage and recording name for Southern singer-songwriter Sam Beam. Raised in South Carolina, Beam released his first album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, on the Sub Pop label in 2002; Beam wrote, performed, recorded, and produced every track on the album by himself at a studio in his home. The album features acoustic guitars, banjo, and slide guitar; its music has been compared, variously, to that of Nick Drake, Simon & Garfunkel, and Neil Young.

In 2003 The Sea & The Rhythm was released, an EP collecting other home-recorded tracks along the same lines as those on the debut. Beam's second album, Our Endless Numbered Days (2004), was recorded in a professional studio with a significant increase in fidelity. The focus still lies on acoustic material, but the inclusion of other band members gives rise to a very different sound.

Beam released an EP titled Woman King in February 2005, and the EP In the Reins, a collaboration with Calexico was released in September 2005. This joint work mostly features new full-band versions of previously recorded Iron and Wine rarities.

One of his most famous songs is a cover of the Postal Service's Such Great Heights" was featured on a commercial for M&M's candies and in the 2004 film "Garden State" (and on its popular soundtrack). His song "The Trapeze Swingers" was included as part of the sountrack to the 2004 film "In Good Company" too.

His most recent full-length album, The Shepherd's Dog, was released on September 25, 2007. Beam's music videos are often beautifully cinematic, a testament to his degree from the Florida State University Film School. Find out more about his music at: http://www.ironandwine.com/

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