Iron And Wine
Sam Beam, South Carolina, USA. This Miami, Florida, USA-based one-man band earned comparisons to 70s folk rock icon Nick Drake with the release of his 2002 debut, The Creek Drank The Cradle. Multi-instrumentalist Sam Beam began issuing lo-fi tapes as Iron And Wine in the late 90s as a sideline to his day job as a cinematography teacher, crafting a slew of minimalist folk pop songs that fitted neatly into the lo-fi melancholy mould championed by Lou Barlow of Sebadoh and the Folk Implosion. A chain reaction of events got the Iron And Wine ball rolling, as a childhood friend of Beams (who also happens to run his own small indie label, Brown Records), Ben Bridwell, turned the editor of a Seattle, Washington-based magazine, Yeti, on to the project. Yeti issued a compilation CD one month that included an Iron And Wine song, which found its way into the hands of Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop Records. Interested in the track he heard, Poneman was able to track down...