Iron & Wine's Sam Beam recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's The Drop series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Beam discussed Iron & Wine's latest album, 2013's Ghost On Ghost, and revealed the inspiration behind the name of indie rock project. Beam also performed a brief set, including the songs "Trapeze Swinger" and "Grace For Saints And Ramblers."
"In my work I recognized I was trying to embrace the contradictions of life and celebrate them, and Iron & Wine seemed to reflect that," said Beam on the origin of his moniker.
Before launching Iron & Wine, Chapin, S.C., native Beam worked as a professor of film and cinematography and the University of Miami and Miami International University of Art & Design. When several of Beam's self-produced demos caught the interest of Sub Pop Records co-founder Jonathan Poneman, Beam signed with the Seattle-based label and released Iron & Wine's debut album, 2002's The Creek Drank The Cradle. Our Endless Numbered Days followed in 2004, peaking at No. 7 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. That same year his cover of the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" appeared on the GRAMMY-winning soundtrack to Garden State.
Beam joined forces with Tex-Mex indie rock band Calexico for 2005's In The Reins, which peaked at No. 12 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The Shepherd's Dog was released in 2007, followed by Around The Well (2009) and Kiss Each Other Clean (2011), the latter of which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Released in April, Ghost On Ghost features 12 tracks written by Beam, including "Grace For Saints And Ramblers." The album peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard 200. Iron & Wine are currently on tour throughout Canada and the United States, with dates scheduled through November.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Drop: Trombone Shorty (Aug. 27), An Evening With Amy Grant (Sept. 3), An Evening With Cheap Trick (Sept. 12), and An Evening With Jim James (Sept. 18).