This magnificently bearded man is Sam Beam, the sole member of Iron & Wine. If you ever get the chance to meet him, do him a favor and don’t mention the beard. He apparently hates that. Many people familiar with this artist discovered him as a result of his “Such Great Heights” cover, originally by The Postal Service. And while that band has been hibernating for the past 10 years, Iron & Wine has been producing a flourishing musical repertoire. Though Sam records with a full band, his strong influence shines throughout his albums and makes him a great example of an indie folk artist with staying power.
It seems hard to believe at this point that Sam recorded his first album in his bedroom and caught the attention of Sub Pop Records after sending it to them. His organically grown success keeps him grounded and humble, even amidst comparisons to Paul Simon, whose album Rhythm of the Saints he frequently cites as a key influence. Check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert below.
We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here. Chances are you’re already a fan or you aren’t. Those of you who appreciate this man and his music are in luck. We’ve scored a pair of tickets to give away to his upcoming show at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Homestead on May 13. We like that place because you get to drink from sippy cups. And it’s intimate. Nothing goes together like beards, acoustic sets, intimacy and alcoholic sippy cups, right!? Simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter, or better yet, purchase tickets here. Winner will be notified via e-mail and must respond within 24 hours to confirm. Sorry – no switches! If you win, you and only you win! Good luck!
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