Iron & Wine is excited to announce his return to the stage with a back-to-basics tour of intimate venues that brings him across the Midwest and the Northeast starting this November. Ready to engage with fans once again, these solo acoustic shows follow-up Sam Beam’s recent release of Tallahassee, his critically acclaimed, lost-in-time collection of recordings.
As the touring world began to switch its lights on, Beam was thinking of ways to head back out on the road. He factored in as well the expectation of what fans might want to see and hear after so much turmoil and it became clear that a simple return to roots was the answer. This fall, Beam will load up a van with a handful of acoustic guitars, dust off his trusty songbook and offer up some well needed comfort food in the way of the Iron & Wine catalog each night. These shows will take place in some of the smallest and most intimate venues Beam has played in over fifteen years. And while loads of bands are serving the big markets, Iron & Wine will be taking to the back roads of the Midwest and Northeast to bring its gospel to the heartland.
Predating his debut album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, his latest release, Tallahassee, garnered excellent review from critics. Pitchfork raved “… throughout Tallahassee, Beam demonstrates a knack for devastating succinctness […] understanding how to settle into a song and simply let it breathe on its own,” while Uncut noted, “The songs, while still lo-fi, ring out clearer and more confidently than the bedroom recordings of Beam’s debut proper: six-minute opener ‘Why Hate Winter’ stands among his most gorgeous and evocative work.”
Beam has recognized over the years how much these early recordings, many of which were bootlegged, have meant to long-time fans and Tallahassee is yet another way of thanking them for still being on this crazy journey.
A fan presale for the “Back to Basics” Tour begins Wednesday, July 14th at 10 am EST with passcode backtobasics. Tickets are on sale to the general public Friday, July 16th at 10am EST. Support for all dates by Squirrel Flower.
Fri. Nov. 05 – Appleton, WI – The Refuge
Sat. Nov. 06 – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel
Sun. Nov. 07 – Milwaukee, WI – Back Room @Colectivo
Wed. Nov. 10 – State College, PA – The State Theater
Thu. Nov. 11 – Homer, NY – Center for the Arts
Fri. Nov. 12 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm’s Studio
Sat. Nov. 13 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Events Gallery
Mon. Nov. 15 – Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall
Tue. Nov. 16 – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Museum of Art
Wed. Nov. 17 – Detroit, MI – The Chapel at Masonic
Thu. Nov. 19 – Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Iron & Wine
Archive Series Volume No.5: Tallahassee
1. Why Hate the Winter
2. This Solemn Day
3. Loaning Me Secrets
4. John’s Glass Eye
5. Calm on the Valley
6. Ex-Lover Lucy Jones
8. Show Him the Ground
9. Straight and Tall
10. Cold Town