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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Artist of the Day: Iron and Wine

Like most of you, I discovered folk-rock band Iron and Wine when I heard frontman Sam Beam's tenderly crafted rendition of the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" off the Garden State soundtrack. But this band is so much more than that. If you dig deeper, you'll find a large spread of original indie-inspired tunes accompanied by Sam Beam's soft, poetic lyrics.

The band has released five studio albums to date, and several EPs and singles as well as a few download-only releases which includes a live album (2005 Bonnaroo performance) Along with "Garden State," Iron and Wine's music has appeared in films like "In Good Company," "I'm Not There," and more recently, "Twilight." The band's fifth album, Around the Well, is scheduled to drop May 19. Around the Well is a 2-CD/3-LP collection of rare tracks ranging from out-of-print to never-before-released tunes like the bone-chilling, "The Trapeze Swinger" and a classic fan favorite, "Such Great Heights."

You can listen to all 22 tracks from Around the Well along with a handful of songs from past albums on Iron and Wine's MySpace page. 

Iron and Wine
Who's Who: Sam Beam
Formed: 2002 in Texas
Label: Sub Pop
Latest Release: Around the Well (2009)
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-Kristen Lee
Currently listening to "Shining Hands" by Iron and Wine
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