Sam Beam's lyrics and tone, normally synced with sister Sarah's harmony, intrigue and evoke passion that flames for raw yet proficient guitar work and smoky, soothing song. There is nothing quite like the music that Sam Beam produces, with lyrics organic and at times intellectually indecipherable, that leave you with an indelible energy of hope and optimism. Exposure to his live performance leaves you vulnerable and somehow hypnotized, with his melodies venturing deep, kidnapping you, taking you by surprise.
Our dearly departed friend, Mississippi Nights, housed Beam, along with the rest of Iron and Wine and friends Calexico during their performance on December 13, 2005. Certainly more electric than Beam's solo performance, all involved could barely fit on MN's cozy stage. I'm certain I'm not the only one in St. Louis that strongly hopes to welcome Beam, with any friends he would like to bring, back to the show me state for another unforgettable evening.
Photos and text by Joanna Kleine