Interview: Iron & Wine On New Songs, Red Rocks Show And Collaborations

August 5, 2015
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Iron & Wine returns to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday, opening for Damien Rice.

Monday marks the third time songwriter Sam Beam, who tours and records under the Iron & Wine moniker, has performed an acoustic set at the venue (which was recently named a National Historic Landmark).

While Monday's set will be a solo performance, Iron & Wine is known partly for covers and collaborations. 

Beam scored a hit with a cover of "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service, which opened last year's Red Rocks show. Iron & Wine recently released "Sing Into My Mouth," an album of covers with Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, and is writing a collection of duets with songwriter Jesca Hoop.

OpenAir’s Alisha Sweeney recently spoke with Beam about the upcoming Red Rocks show, the benefits and challenges of recording covers and his future projects. Click the audio link above to listen.

Interview Highlights

On performing at Red Rocks:

"Red Rocks is just so unique. It has that sound of a European cathedral or something -- that kind of resonance, but on the side of a mountain."

On his upcoming collaboration with Jesca Hoop:

"It was a real treat to have a foil to go throw ideas back and forth with, and then make a song that was more of a conversation than a monologue."

Watch Iron & Wine's recent video for the song "Everyone's Summer of '95" from the disc "Archive Series Vol. 1"

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