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Iron & Wine returns this summer with the tasty new Beast Epic. This is his first full album in four years, and the blend of melodic voice, stirring lyrics, and spirit-moving music are the perfect transition to for listeners into more sober- ing autumn months. Iron and Wine is Sam Beam, holder of a Masters in Fine Arts, who studied film, a North Carolina musician with a worldwide following, a husband who loves to cook, a father to five daughters, and a food fanatic. If readers don’t know, the name Iron & Wine was inspired by an old-timey dietary supplement, Beef, Iron, and Wine. Please, tell us you were moved to use the name because you like to lis- ten to metal while you wash down a T-bone with a bottle of red. You can say what you like; I just thought it was a cool name. I like poems, and I like to pay attention. I was in school in Florida State and working on a movie in Georgia when I saw the supplement. I was already making some music and collecting songs, and I al- ready recognized there was an aspect of my song- writing that moved between lightness and darkness. I wanted to include those contradictions in the name. I removed “Beef” because it would have just needed a lot of explaining [laughs]. Basically, no moment is totally happy or totally sad if you have an emotional perspective. I hope this isn’t insulting, but your music was not always something people discovered via normal means even back in the early ‘00s. I first heard your song “Such Great Heights” in the movie Garden State, 2004. Well, that really dates you [laughs]. I was on many soundtracks as I turned what was really a bedroom hobby kind of affair into recording and playing mu- sic all the time. I studied filmmaking and was really interested in change. Reacting to different people who are exposed to the music. The new album-- and tell me more about this— feels like all the senses are engaged. Early songs like “Heights" or the very popular “Flight- less Bird, American Mouth” from Twilight, 2008 we remember as having a more soothing and lullaby quality. Over time your voice and your percussions have really become more powerful. Now the newest songs from Beast Epic compar- atively hit like punches. Music changes as we change. You are always learn- ing, and new experiences move you unless you are dead. You can’t be afraid of it. Over time I can real- ly see how my music changes, where my influences shift my perspective. I’m sure one of those changes is having five daughters. Family dinner must be a big event in the Beam house. Does everyone pitch in? Some kids are more into it than others. Some love to help, and some are just there to eat. Some don’t like to eat at all. I love to cook, but I am plagued with a short attention span. So, there is a lot of experimen- tation. With a big group, happiness comes from a lot of mac and cheese dinners and taco night. What’s the go-to board or card game for a sev- en-person family? With a range of seven to 19 years old, everyone sit- ting down to do something together does not hap- pen often. We love dominoes. Puzzles. Connect four. The little one kicks my ass at chess. You’re a southern boy; what dishes are must- haves on a southern table? Low country food and mustard barbecue sauce. Some version of cooked pig is always involved. And boiled peanuts. You have to have boiled peanuts. Are you a wine, beer, or whiskey man? Yes [laughs]. I love all those. Wine is best. I love Whis- key. I love it, but it gives me a raging headache. Beer is delicious but makes me blow up like a balloon. So when it is hot outside, the perfec B&r2&'2vFvFRvRFN( 2BFF'BƖR&7VRVffW'fW2Ц6VBvW26fR6B&<:FR7VW"F@6G2FR7vVWFW"6FR'WBVR6VBW7BG'FffW&VB6&F2N( 2ƖRv2V'&6RFPWW&V6R&RBv( Bv&'WBN( 2gV2VG'rGW&2'W&vVrfBB&"66VRff&FW3vW&RFRFRg&VG2vVFW6RFf6C