Iron & Wine
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Seemingly looking for a career beyond teaching film at the University of Florida, Samuel Beam decided to record some of his own music. He then recorded two albums, sending them both to Sub Pop, hoping to get them both released. However, Sub Pop grand poobah Jonathan Poneman decided to take the best songs from these tapes and release them as one album, The Creek Drank The Cradle. Being very well-recieved for such a low-fi debut, he then became something of a buzzword amongst the indie elite. Having one of his songs feature in a bevy of films during 2004 and 2005 further raised his profile...and the songs were pretty good to boot! His next record, 2004's Our Endless Numbered Days, introduced a newer, somewhat higher-fi sound. The year after THAT, he featured on a collaboration with Calexico In The Reins, and released a follow up EP to 2003's The Sea And The Rhythm, entitled Woman King after the first song. Fingers are crossed and breaths are being held in wait for the next release from Florida's favorite son.