Sam Beam, better known by his moniker Iron & Wine, is a folk hero. He’s a siren song for men with lengthy beards, flannel and denim. Last but not least, he also happens to be coming out with new music.
Well, not-so-new music, if we’re getting technical. Last year he released Beast Epic, his first album since 2013’s Ghost on Ghost. As you can imagine, Beam probably wrote a substantial amount of songs during that four-year grace period; many of which didn’t make it to Beast Epic. Now, he’s set to release a new EP filled with songs from that same time period.
Weed Garden is a six-track project of songs that Beam didn’t have time to finish while putting together Best Epic, according to Mxdwn. It will include “Waves of Galveston,” a song that he’s performed live but never officially released, as well as a new single “What Hurts Worse.”
“What Hurts Worse” is a fingerpicked song with a soft, steady and calming drum beat. Beam’s voice, as always, is a delicate folk rambling and like most Iron & Wine songs, “What Hurts Worse” is fit for the changing colors, crunching leaves and crisp air of autumn weather. You can listen to it below.
Weed Garden will be released via Sub Pop on August 31, and Iron & Wine will touring through the fall. You can check out the dates underneath along with a 2011 Daytrotter performance.
21 Kansas City, Mo. @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
22 Denver, Colo. @ Paramount Theare
23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre
24 Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House and Event Center
26 Eureka, Calif. @ Arkley Center for the Performing Arts
27 Sacramento, Calif @ Crest Theatre
28 Anaheim, Calif @ House of Blues
29 Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre
30 Santa Fe, N.M. @ Lensic Performing Arts Center
02 Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom
03 St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
04 Milwaukee, Wis. @ Pabst Theater
05 Bloomington, Ill. @ Castle Theatre
06 Columbus, OH @ Southern Theatre
02 Ann Arbor, Mich. @ Michigan Theater
03 Toronto @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04 Montreal @ Corona Theatre
06 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
07 Huntington, N.Y. @ The Paramount
08 Glenside, Penn. @ Keswick Theatre
09 Norfolk, Va. @ NorVa
10 Raleigh, N.C. @ Meymandi Concert Hall
12 Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
14 Augusta, Ga. @ Miller Theater
15 Tampa, Fl. @ Tampa Theatre
16 Atlanta, Ga. @ Buckhead Theatre
17 Memphis, Tenn. @ Orpheum Theatre