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Sam Beam is Iron And Wine, and Iron And Wine is Sam Beam. Under that elemental handle, the bushily-bearded singer-songwriter plays a kind of new-millennial Americana.

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Using his husky, whispery voice over mostly-acoustic tunes, Beam sings songs steeped in the imagery of the rural South.

Beam (born July 26, 1974) grew up in Irmo, South Carolina, obsessed with two things: art and music. "In my room, the radio was really always forever on," Beam would recall. "I grew up drawing. I was always drawing, all the time, with the radio on."

When Beam went to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, studying fine arts, thinking he'd be a painter. But, he "ended up getting into photography," and that lead to the study of cinematography at Florida State University, where he'd meet his wife, Kim.

The couple moved to Miami so that Kim could pursue her studies in midwifery, and, coincidentally enough, started churning out kids (these days, Beam is the father of five daughters). Feeling the need to support his family, Beam shelved the small, self-made films that were consuming his time his only foothold in Hollywood being a non-union lighting engineer, not even important enough to make the final credits" on the Mel Gibson/Heath Ledger revisionist civil-war picture The Patriot and got a professorial gig teaching cinematography at Miami University.

With that one creative outlet cut off, Beam turned to another: recording. Rolling tape on an aging four-track recorder after wife and child had turned in, Beam started making whisper-quiet, pseudo-folkie songs inspired by JJ Cale, Nick Drake, and Simon & Garfunkel. "I couldn't really rock out, I had to be quiet," he'd recount.

Writing about "places that [he] grew up, people that [he] knew, [his] family, Beam's storytelling songs were filled with images of creekbeds and meadows, cats and dogs and snakes and birds. "Going back home to visit my parents, the landscape both the cultural landscape and the geography is a big influence," said Beam.

At that time, Beam wasn't playing live, and wasn't thinking Iron And Wine a name he'd cribbed from a Dietary Supplement called Beef, Iron & Wine would amount to anything other than a scattered tape-collection. "I hadnt been recording for anyone else, even really thinking anyone would hear them," Beam remembers. "I didn't want to be famous. I was just doing it late at night, a quiet little pastime."

Fate intervened when he sent a cassette to his pal Ben Bridwell, a fellow Irmo native who, at that time, was a member of pre-Band Of Horses Seattle combo Carissa's Wierd [sic]. From Bridwell, the tape eventually got dubbed on to Jonathan Poneman, the Sub Pop bossman still famous for "discovering" Nirvana.

Beam was signed to Sub Pop, and in 2002 the legendary label released a collection of Beam's home recordings under the title The Creek Drank The Cradle. With his hushed, of-the-land lullabies draped under a pall of tape hiss, the songs on the album sounded like lost Smithsonian Folkways recordings. Touring for the album was "rough," Beam says. "I could hear people down the front talking about the most mundane stuff, [like] their grocery lists."

That year, Beam recorded a version of The Postal Service's single "Such Great Heights," to be used as a remix-like b-side by that band. It soon grew to be Beam's best-known song, used in an advertisement for M&Ms and on the soundtrack to the dubious movie Garden State in 2004.

That was the year that Beam made his second Iron & Wine album, Our Endless Numbered Days. Produced by Brian Deck in Chicago, it marked Beam's first-ever studio recordings. "I knew I wanted to go into the studio, if just for the experience of that, as something I'd never done before," Beam offers. "I wanted to see how some of the 'clarity' of the recording influenced the songs."

In 2013, Iron and Wine would return with Ghost on Ghost, and album that pushed further into the jazzy, improvised, extended-jam qualities of Kiss Each Other Clean.

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Sam Beam is Iron And Wine, and Iron And Wine is Sam Beam. Under that elemental handle, the bushily-bearded singer-songwriter plays a kind of new-millennial Americana.

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Using his husky, whispery voice over mostly-acoustic tunes, Beam sings songs steeped in the imagery of the rural South.

Beam (born July 26, 1974) grew up in Irmo, South Carolina, obsessed with two things: art and music. "In my room, the radio was really always forever on," Beam would recall. "I grew up drawing. I was always drawing, all the time, with the radio on."

When Beam went to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, studying fine arts, thinking he'd be a painter. But, he "ended up getting into photography," and that lead to the study of cinematography at Florida State University, where he'd meet his wife, Kim.

The couple moved to Miami so that Kim could pursue her studies in midwifery, and, coincidentally enough, started churning out kids (these days, Beam is the father of five daughters). Feeling the need to support his family, Beam shelved the small, self-made films that were consuming his time his only foothold in Hollywood being a non-union lighting engineer, not even important enough to make the final credits" on the Mel Gibson/Heath Ledger revisionist civil-war picture The Patriot and got a professorial gig teaching cinematography at Miami University.

With that one creative outlet cut off, Beam turned to another: recording. Rolling tape on an aging four-track recorder after wife and child had turned in, Beam started making whisper-quiet, pseudo-folkie songs inspired by JJ Cale, Nick Drake, and Simon & Garfunkel. "I couldn't really rock out, I had to be quiet," he'd recount.

Writing about "places that [he] grew up, people that [he] knew, [his] family, Beam's storytelling songs were filled with images of creekbeds and meadows, cats and dogs and snakes and birds. "Going back home to visit my parents, the landscape both the cultural landscape and the geography is a big influence," said Beam.

At that time, Beam wasn't playing live, and wasn't thinking Iron And Wine a name he'd cribbed from a Dietary Supplement called Beef, Iron & Wine would amount to anything other than a scattered tape-collection. "I hadnt been recording for anyone else, even really thinking anyone would hear them," Beam remembers. "I didn't want to be famous. I was just doing it late at night, a quiet little pastime."

Fate intervened when he sent a cassette to his pal Ben Bridwell, a fellow Irmo native who, at that time, was a member of pre-Band Of Horses Seattle combo Carissa's Wierd [sic]. From Bridwell, the tape eventually got dubbed on to Jonathan Poneman, the Sub Pop bossman still famous for "discovering" Nirvana.

Beam was signed to Sub Pop, and in 2002 the legendary label released a collection of Beam's home recordings under the title The Creek Drank The Cradle. With his hushed, of-the-land lullabies draped under a pall of tape hiss, the songs on the album sounded like lost Smithsonian Folkways recordings. Touring for the album was "rough," Beam says. "I could hear people down the front talking about the most mundane stuff, [like] their grocery lists."

That year, Beam recorded a version of The Postal Service's single "Such Great Heights," to be used as a remix-like b-side by that band. It soon grew to be Beam's best-known song, used in an advertisement for M&Ms and on the soundtrack to the dubious movie Garden State in 2004.

That was the year that Beam made his second Iron & Wine album, Our Endless Numbered Days. Produced by Brian Deck in Chicago, it marked Beam's first-ever studio recordings. "I knew I wanted to go into the studio, if just for the experience of that, as something I'd never done before," Beam offers. "I wanted to see how some of the 'clarity' of the recording influenced the songs."

In 2013, Iron and Wine would return with Ghost on Ghost, and album that pushed further into the jazzy, improvised, extended-jam qualities of Kiss Each Other Clean.

Iron and Wine Videos

  • Iron & Wine - Tomorrow On the Runway
  • Iron & Wine - Call It Dreaming [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
  • Iron And Wine: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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  • How to book Iron and Wine?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Iron and Wine for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Iron and Wine, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Iron and Wine or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Iron and Wine?

    Booking fees for Iron and Wine, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Iron and Wine, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Iron and Wine?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Iron and Wine for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Iron and Wine for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Iron and Wine or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Iron and Wine or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Iron and Wine is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Iron and Wine for your event is available upon request. Iron and Wine generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Neon Trees, Gavin DeGraw, Of Montreal, Wavves and Dr. Dog. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Iron and Wine for an upcoming event.

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