At first the name sounds like it should belong to a rock and roll band, not a one man folk legend, yet Iron & Wine is the stage persona of Samuel Beam. Sam is an American born folk singer who for the last decade has made a name for himself with a number of soulful hits that epitomize the heart of folk music.
The 41 year old Sam hails from South Carolina in the United States, where he was raised by a school teacher mom and a father who worked in land management. He spent most of his summers on his grandfather’s farm, where he learned how some folks are making a living the hard way. He went on to study painting in Virginia and film in Florida before deciding that the musical arts was where he belonged.
A professor of film and cinematography in Florida, he had been writing songs for years but never recorded one until he was lent a four-track. This led to his first LP The Creek Drank the Cradle which was produced and recorded all at his in home studio. It was an instant hit in folk culture, and likened to the early works of Simon and Garfunkel and Neil Young.
His acoustic sound has mass appeal, and his second album, Our Numbered Days was recorded professionally. This time other musicians were brought in, giving more substance to the music. His next album, Woman King took things a bit further with the introduction of electric guitars. This was an album clearly designed to bring to light the mysterious wonder that is woman kind.
Beam is a married man, living in North Carolina with his wife and 5 daughters. This is likely has led to his obvious appreciation of women, and reverence to them. He sports a very typical folk singer look, with a full beard that would work perfectly on an Amish farmer. Although it is obviously well groomed and taken care of with some quality beard balm by Liberty Premium Grooming Co.
He is also dedicated to his extended family, having his sister Sarah contribute back-up vocals on a number of his tracks. This is a folk singer who has never forgotten his past, and uses his experiences and influences to create music that calls to everyone who loves the genre.
Now having achieved worldwide recognition, Sam Beam is a frequent guest at many of the festivals that highlight the best in folk music every spring and summer. If you have an opportunity to see Beam in person, don’t pass it up. He is a modern folk singer who is well versed in the soulful history of folk music.