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Encyclopedia > Sam Beam

Iron & Wine is the pseudonym of American roots music singer and producer Sam Beam, who teaches cinematography in Miami, Florida. He 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 and Garfunkel, Neil Young, Elliott Smith, and Ralph Stanley.

2003 saw the release of The Sea & The Rhythm, an EP collecting other home-recorded tracks along the same lines as those on his debut. Beam's sophomore album, Our Endless Numbered Days 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.


  • The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002)
  • The Sea & The Rhythm (EP) (2003)
  • Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)
  • Woman King (EP) (2005)

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Iron & Wine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (607 words)
Beam wrote, performed, recorded, and produced every track on the album by himself at a studio in his home.
The EP In the Reins, a collaboration with Calexico, was released in September 2005.
Beam wrote all of the songs for the album, but Calexico's sound is quite apparent.
Iron & Wine crafts vintage tunes - The Boston Globe (876 words)
Beam, the Miami-based folk-pop singer-songwriter who performs and records under the name Iron and Wine, has released two CDs and an EP since September 2002.
Beam can't say how many songs he's written since "The Creek Drank the Cradle" was released, but he can tell you approximately how many he's written in the three years since he finished working on that disc.
Beam's songs, which have drawn nearly universal raves from critics and have helped him amass a significant fan base in a very short period, feature skillfully crafted, frequently narrative, always poetic lyrics, sung in a sweet whisper and carried on lovely melodies that put a Southern spin on Brian Wilson and Simon and Garfunkle-influenced pop.
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