We’re breathless and Sam Beam-ing after watching Iron and Wine’s beardy frontman perform for an audience of about 20 at 94.9 The River's Moxie Java Listener Lounge.
Beam spoke in a soft voice with a light Texas twang and flashed a wry smile when answering on-air questions with The River’s Tim Johnstone. Here are some tongue-in-cheek highlights from the interview:
- On how the father of five girls balances work and family life: “I take a lot of drugs. [Laughs.]”
- On hitting the road with a 12-piece band: "I decided not to make any money on this tour."
- On how he keeps his live performances fresh: “You take the old songs and play ’em like the new songs and take the new songs and play ’em like the old ones.”
- On where he culls inspiration for his lyrics: “Mine is not a diary thing, you grab from wherever you can … A lot of it’s just made up … Inspiration is a weird bird, it’s not very cooperative.”
- On how it feels to be at this place in his career: “Being on top of the world is great. [Laughs.]”
Here’s a video of Beam performing “Tree By the River” off his most recent album, Kiss Each Other Clean. Iron and Wine is playing tonight at the Knitting Factory with Seattle’s The Head and the Heart. The show is sold out.
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