Iron & Wine
|Birth Name||Samuel Ervin Beam|
|Born||July 26, 1974, Chapin, South Carolina, United States|
|Genres||Folk, Folk Rock, Indie Folk|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Percussion, Harmonica, Bass|
|Associated Acts||Calexico, Rosie Thomas, Ben Bridwell, Jesca Hoop|
Samuel “Sam” Ervin Beam (born July 26, 1974), better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter.
Sam Beam, better known by his song writing moniker Iron & Wine is contemplating the effects of working solo.
Beam released his first Iron & Wine album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, on the Sub Pop label in 2002. Beam wrote, performed, recorded and produced the album in his home studio. Featuring acoustic guitars, banjo, and slide guitar, the album’s music has been compared to that of Nick Drake, Simon and Garfunkel,Elliott Smith, Neil Young and John Fahey.
Although an acoustic guitar still leads Iron & Wine’s songs, the additional instrumentation gives the tracks texture, making the lack of dynamics less noticeable. “Boy With a Coin,” the first single off the album, illustrates this evolution well. Beam’s multi-tracked vocals and drum claps, though recorded alone, imply the presence of the multiple people absent from Iron & Wine’s previous albums.