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Happy Birthday, Samuel Beam, of Iron and Wine, a Former Miamian Who Influenced Local Musicians

Of all the national acts South Florida has exported to the rest of the world, Sam Beam may well have been the most unlikely.

His hushed, introverted stance is a far cry from the effusive approach taken by most reared in these environs, whether they were birthed in the disco boom (KC and the Sunshine Band, Betty Wright), raised our rock 'n' roll credibility (Marilyn Manson, the Goods), or even ventured into country crossover (the Mavericks).

Despite the fact that his sound didn't seem tailored for mainstream acceptance, Beam persevered and, under the aegis of Iron and Wine, managed to become this region's most prominent indie alt-folk contender to date.

Born July 26, 1974, Beam spent his childhood in South Carolina and Virginia before settling in South Florida and graduating from Florida State University's Film School with his MFA. After relocating to Miami, he became a professor of film and cinematography at the University of Miami and the Art Institute.

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Lee Zimmerman