SXSW Review: Iron & Wine at Radio Day Stage
Iron & Wine, the stage name of singer/songwriter Sam Beam, performed a handful of career-spanning tracks to a midday crowd Friday (3/15) at the 27th annual SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX.
The casual showman took the stage with a simple acoustic guitar and began the six-song gig with "Grace for Saints and Ramblers," a new single from his April 5 album, "Ghost on Ghost."
Iron & Wine's sometimes melancholy, sometimes hopeful nature matched the mood of the big convention center room, where badgeholders relaxed and took a temporary break from the chaos outside.
Once he finished the opening song, Beam laughed and acknowledged that he hadn't prepared a set list and welcomed requests. Four tracks followed, each from a different album. The oldest, "Naked As We Came" from 2004's "Our Endless Numbered Days," featured intricate guitar work throughout the quiet lullaby-like track.
"Gotta put my promo hat back on," Beam joked before breaking into "Winter Prayers," another song from the impending collection.
With a little time to spare, a last-minute addition was thrown in for good measure: "Woman King," from the 2005 EP of the same name.
Beam appreciated the rash of obvious music lovers (it was a 1 p.m. set) and reflected his caring nature with his parting words.
"Don't get burned out. Take a break. It's okay."
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