Iron and Wine brings his ‘soothing whisper voice’ to Phillips Center

Iron and Wine, also known as Sam Beam, performs under his stage name Friday at the Phillips Center.

Courtesy of Craig Kief
Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:22 p.m.

I heard Iron and Wine (also known as Sam Beam) the other day for the first time in many years, and I couldn’t stop thinking about why I ever stopped listening to him. This man did the whole “soothing whisper voice” way before the style got diluted and over saturated by adult contemporary radio stations across the country, long before the likes of Jack Johnson or John Mayer sunk their claws into your eardrums.

Mr. Beam is the genuine article; a tasteful guitarist, fine singer and a not-too-sentimental lyricist. He can make dying seem like the most beautiful experience while also commenting on how dreadfully sad the idea of leaving your loved ones behind can be.

He can make ordinary life seem like a fairytale. Iron and Wine is beautiful.

Do yourself a favor and go see him perform at the Phillips Center on Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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