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Sam Beam is back! And while he still has the bushy troubadour beard that I love, his folky sound has gotten a makeover on his new album, Kiss Each Other Clean. It has a strong 70’s influence, with lots of horns, interesting percussion and even some synths.

Iron & Wine used to be Sam and his acoustic guitar. And it think it takes a lot of bravery to be a singer standing alone on a stage with an instrument,  but I think it takes even more to lead a group of musicians with your vision and that’s what he is doing now.

He seemed to really enjoy the role of bandleader in his live performance on KCRW. I think Jason said there were 11 people in the studio, including Swell Season’s Marketa Irgolva and Rosie Thomas on back up vocals.

He reworked one of Iron & Wine’s best tracks “Boy With a Coin,” while thrilling us with new song like “Me and Lazarus,” “Half Moon,” and “Tree by the River.”

Hear the full performance in our archives.


Iron & Wine Live on KCRW Set List

Tree by the River

Summer in Savannah

Half Moon


My Lady’s House

He Lays in the Reins

Boy With a Coin

Me and Lazarus

Naked as We Came

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