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Singer/songwriter Samuel Beam, who rose to prominence with a blend of whispered vocals and softly homespun indie folk, chose the moniker Iron and Wine after coming across a dietary supplement named "Beef Iron & Wine" while working on a film. Raised in South Carolina, Beam received his bachelor's degree in art from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and later his Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University Film School. Although Beam would later expand his sound to include electric instruments and rich, lush textures, he was firmly exploring the former style when several of his lo-fi recordings caught the ear of Jonathan Poneman, co-owner of Sub Pop Records. The songs had been recorded in Beam's bedroom without the aid of studio flourishes, but Poneman nevertheless requested that additional material be sent to the label for submission, and Beam responded by sending two CDs in the mail -- both of them full-length albums. Poneman considered releasing them both, but instead slimmed down the set to 12 songs and released it in September 2002 as The Creek Drank the Cradle. The similarly themed The Sea & the Rhythm EP followed in 2003. It was Beam's 2004 full-length, Our Endless Numbered Days, that signaled his arrival on the indie pop scene. Recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck, the album was resolutely hi-fi, but the addition of a full band only illuminated Beam's deft lyricism and intimate vocal delivery, resulting in one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year. Late 2004 found the newly marketable Iron and Wine popping up on television commercials and movie soundtracks (In Good Company, Garden State), culminating in a busy 2005 that saw Beam release two EPs, the lush Woman King and In the Reins, a collaboration with Arizona spaghetti Western aficionados Calexico. The politically charged Shepherd's Dog, Beam and company's most diverse -- and most listenable -- record to date, was released in 2007. A two-disc collection of B-sides, rarities, soundtrack inclusions, and discarded tracks from the Iron and Wine archives called Around the Well arrived in early 2009. Kiss Each Other Clean, Iron and Wine's first collection of new music in nearly three years and one that found Beam further expanding the group's sound, was released in January 2011 by their new label, Warner Bros. After a move to 4AD and Nonesuch, Iron and Wine released the more relaxed and intimate Ghost on Ghost in early 2013. The Brian Deck-produced album featured jazz drummer Brian Blade and bassist Tony Garnier of Bob Dylan's band, among others. Together with Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell, Beam released a covers album titled Sing into My Mouth in 2015. The record featured versions of songs from the likes of Talking Heads, John Cale, and Sade. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Albums by
Iron & Wine

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    12 songs

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    Sing Into My Mouth

    12 songs

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    Ghost on Ghost

    10 songs

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    Kiss Each Other Clean

    12 songs

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    The Shepherd's Dog

    12 songs

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    Our Endless Numbered Days [12-Track]

    11 songs

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    The Creek Drank the Cradle

    1 song

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    This Must Be the Place

    1 song

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    Bullet Proof Soul

    1 song

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    No Way Out of Here

    2 songs

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    Call Your Boys

    16 songs

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    Archive Series, Vol. 1

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    Around the Well

    3 songs

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    Walking Far From Home

    6 songs

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    Woman King

    5 songs

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    The Sea & the Rhythm

    3 songs

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    Boy with a Coin

    7 songs

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    In the Reins

    1 song

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    Tree By The River

    1 song

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    Lovesong Of The Buzzard

    3 songs

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    Such Great Heights

    12 songs

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    Our Endless Numbered Days [Barnes & Noble Exclusive] [Signed Art Print]

    14 songs

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    The Shepherd's Dog

    14 songs

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    Shepherd's Dog [Japan Bonus Tracks]

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    Our Endless Numbered Days [Bonus Tracks]

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Top Songs by
Iron & Wine

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  2.   Naked as We Came
  3.   Such Great Heights
  4.   Boy With A Coin
  5.   Love Vigilantes
  6.   Tree By The River
  7.   Woman King
  8.   Teeth in the Grass
  9.   Me and Lazarus
  10.   Sixteen, Maybe Less by Calexico
  11.   Grace for Saints and Ramblers
  12.   Innocent Bones
  13.   Flightless Bird, American Mouth
  14.   Passing Afternoon
  15.   Bird Stealing Bread
  16.   Sodom, South Georgia
  17.   Sunset Soon Forgotten
  18.   Homeward, These Shoes
  19.   The Trapeze Swinger
  20.   The Devil Never Sleeps
  21.   Muddy Hymnal
  22.   Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car
  23.   The Desert Babbler
  24.   Walking Far from Home
  25.   Each Coming Night
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