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In the 2000s, Iron & Wine (a.k.a. singer-songwriter Sam Beam) helped bring about an indie-folk explosion whose effects would be felt for decades. Beam’s warm, hushed vocals and poetic lyrics were framed by his gentle acoustic-guitar picking for a lo-fi vibe undeniably indie but worlds away from alt-rock. Born in 1974 and raised in Chapin, SC, he worked as a film teacher and recorded home demos for years before signing to Sub Pop and releasing his 2002 debut, The Creek Drank the Cradle. He expanded his arrangements on subsequent albums and worked with members of Califone, Calexico, Band of Horses, Wilco, and others. Whether he’s onboarding the influences of blues, country, or West African music, his low-key delivery and imagistic lyrics remain his musical signature. Judging from the artists who have arrived in Beam’s wake—Zach Bryan, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver—the music world would have evolved very differently without him.

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