Iron & Wine Biography
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Sam Beam lives in Miami, FL and makes music under the name Iron & Wine. He is a father of two (both daughters) and teaches cinematography at a local college. September 2002 saw the release of his debut album, The Creek Drank the Cradle. That record was/is hushed, literate, intimate, melodic: a quiet treasure which, with its unaffected candor and depth, found fans all over. Both in the bio for the first record and in (perhaps an unwitting, self-fulfilling prophecy set in motion by that bio) subsequent press surrounding the record, a fair amount of focus has been narrowed on these two facts: Sam Beam lives in Miami and most of his music is home-recorded. This lends some interesting context, but really, these things are solely that: context. The simple explanation is that Sam likes the warm weather and home is where the four-track is (it also happens to be where his family is).
In September of 2003, Sub Pop released a 5-song EP culled from the recordings that made up The Creek Drank the Cradle as The Sea and The Rhythm. And, some discerned a new undercurrent of optimism within these. Between now and the first record, Sam spent a far amount of time on the road, both solo and with a band.
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love and some verses | Reviewer: Jezebel | 12/22/12
been listening to i&w for about 5 years, and still didn't get tired of it. the music is so unique. i live in a small country, and i'm like one of maybe 10 people that listen to sam's music. but, i guess, not everyone can see the beauty that i see. so many emotions, so many words that scream to me in a soft voice. i think i'll never stop listening to i&w, i'm hooked and there's no turning back. in a way, i could say that this music has changed me for good.
Favorite | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/2/12
I became hooked on Iron and Wine about six years ago, and he has been my favorite artist since. I can listen to the music over and over without ever tiring of it. The music itself evokes so much emotion and paints incredibly raw, earthy images. The lyrics are the best poetry I have ever read and every time I find a new, deeper meaning in them. His songs have an emotionality that is unmatched by any other musician I have ever heard. Another reviewer stated that you don't know whether they make you happy or sad, and I completely agree. I believe his lyrics encompass all that it means to be human and the complexity of human emotions. Every single time I listen to a song of his, I am touched by its ability to reach me and relate to my experiences. I will never stop loving his music and I am so grateful that I found it!
The pinnacle of music | Reviewer: Adam Boland | 6/6/12
Ever since I first listened to Sam, I've been unable to hear any other music without hearing all the imperfections. 'The Creek Drank The Cradle' and 'Our Endless Numbered Days' are, in my opinion, as good as music can get. Thinking back, I have played acoustic covers of 8 of his songs at gigs, and can play 14 altogether in full. He has greatly influenced my own music and his lyricism has even slightly influenced the writing style of my novels. I genuinely believe that he is the greatest musician alive.
loves me some iror and wine! | Reviewer: rebecca | 12/10/09
i love teeth in the grass among others i love the guitar. naked as we came,cinders and smoke,he lays in the reins, pagan angel and a borrowed car. but my absolute avourite is " in my lady's house" i love it
Trapeze Swinger | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/29/09
Trapeze Swinger is, without a doubt his lyrical masterpiece (in my opinion, anyways). Every verse brings tears to my eyes, but in the last, when he softly, sadly sings "my dear / if i make / the pearly gates / i'll do my best to make a drawing of god/and lucifer/ a boy and girl / angel kissin' on a sinner" I lose myself.
Iron & Wine | Reviewer: Ami | 5/7/09
This is such beautiful folk. I would have never guessed the Sam to be from Florida. The melodies are that of the waving grasses of the plains, the romanticism of a vineyard. Regardless, absolutely in love and will continue to be.. thank you, Sam.
naked as we came | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/11/09
this song encompasses so much for me... it makes me want to laugh and cry and dance and yell and make love and sing and cry and hug and play the guitar! have fallen head over heels with sam beams amazing voice and musical talent... a likeness of which i have yet to find. iron and wine is a pleasure for the ears and a treasure for generations to come...
Simply Incredible | Reviewer: John Luckey | 2/4/09
Samuel Beam is not only a lyrical genius, he also has an incredibly soothing voice and his musical talent is unmatched by any performer I have yet heard. As a singer/songwriter myself, Iron and Wine's music is (in my opinion) an example of near perfection.
Thanks to twilight | Reviewer: tricia | 1/3/09
Ive never heard this song till i watched twilight.. I was captured by the song's sweet and so romantic melody.. thanks to twilight for adding a song to my most loved songs! i really love this song! :D
great feeling | Reviewer: Karen Barnuevo | 12/11/08
It was the very first time for me to hear his song from the movie ¨twilight¨. Since then I cant help myself but fall so in love with his song ¨flightless bird-American mouth¨. Thats why I search for it online. And now i keep playing it again and again.
It's like love | Reviewer: Judson | 7/15/08
Sam Beam is simply brilliant. He is one of very few musicians that I feel truly understand what they do. I am a singer/songwriter and poet, and no one influences my music more than Sam Beam. When I listen Iron & Wine, I do nothing but fall in love. He truly understands what it means to capture emotions. Iron & wine is something that I will share with my children and theirs as well.
Inspiring, influential... all of the above | Reviewer: Judson | 7/15/08
Sam Beam is simply brilliant. He is one of very few musicians that I feel truly understand what they do. I am a singer/songwriter and poet, and no one influences my music more than Sam Beam. When I listen to his music, I do nothing but fall in love. He truly understands what it means to capture emotions. Iron and wine is something that I will share with my children and theirs as well.
Every song hits a note with me personally! | Reviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org | 3/24/08
For the longest time I was hooked on "The Creek..." only because that's the only one I had. My cousin from Houston recently hooked me up with all the ones that have followed and I am awestruck, bewildered, and ecstatic!!!! I am truly impressed with "Endless #ed Days". I'm especially impressed with their "live itunes" as well.
Poetry at it's best | Reviewer: Jim Condo | 2/14/08
The music alone is enough to pull you in and keep you there but the lyrics are truly outstanding and understated. A simple phrase can convey a complete picture or emotion so deep that it staggers me. I have read and written poems for many years but have rarely been as touched or appreciative of the craft as I am by Sam's writing. He is an extraordinary poet whose words deserve to be carefully listened to.
WOW! | Reviewer: Desiree | 12/12/07
I love all kinds of music, but his soft lulling lyrics transform my mood immediately to a calm meditative state. This artist has a great deal of talent and I will continue to listen to his works.
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