Samuel “Sam” Beam (born July 26, 1974), better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. He has released five studio albums, several EPs and singles, as well as a few download-only releases, which include a live album (a recording of his 2005 Bonnaroo performance). He occasionally tours with a full band.
Beam was raised in South Carolina before moving to Virginia and then Florida to attend school. He now resides in Durham, North Carolina. The name Iron & Wine is taken from a dietary supplement named “Beef Iron & Wine” that he found in a general store while shooting a film.
In February 2015, Iron & Wine released a new studio album, Archive Series: Volume 1, which features unreleased songs recorded during the same period as The Creek Drank the Cradle. The covers album Sing Into My Mouth was released July 17th; it was recorded with Band of Horses singer Ben Bridwell.