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On Jan. 12, 2011, Sam Beam visited the Daytrotter Studio in Davenport, Iowa, to perform songs from his fourth album, Kiss Each Other Clean, which was then two weeks from release. Singing with guest Rosie Thomas, Beam offered early listens to three gems from the new album—”Tree By the River,” “Glad Man Singing” and “Godless Brother in Love”—as well as a characteristically exquisite version of one of his most beloved songs, “Naked as We Came,” from 2004’s storied Our Endless Numbered Days. As we wrote at the time, “Beam is magnificent in his dry, honey prettiness, cutting us into these sad stories that are as classic as they come. We feel them in our bones.”
Watch Iron & Wine perform four songs live on this date seven years ago, and while you’re here, read our 2017 interview Sam Beam and check out our list of the 15 Best Iron & Wine Songs.