New Release & Video: Iron & Wine – Thomas County Law

Iron & Wine and returning director J. August Wilson have delivered an official video for Thomas County Law from Beast Epic, his forthcoming album due out August 25th

The winsome and sly visual stars Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam as a preacher preparing for a funeral service. Watch the video now…

Upcoming US tour dates have been announced, with European dates to follow in early 2018…

08/26/17 – Fayetteville, AR – Fayetteville Roots Festival
08/27/17 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
08/28/17 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
08/29/17 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
08/30/17 – Louisville, KY – WFPK Waterfront Wednesday
08/31/17 – Nashville, TN – Live On the Green
08/31/17 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records – Blue Room
10/12/17 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/13/17 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/14/17 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
10/15/17 – Lincoln, NE – Rococo Theatre
10/17/17 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
10/18/17 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
10/19/17 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
10/20/17 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
10/21/17 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
10/26/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Immanuel Presbyterian Church
10/27/17 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s
10/28/17 – San Diego, CA – Balboa
10/29/17 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
10/30/17 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
11/01/17 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
11/02/17 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
11/03/17 – Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
11/04/17 – New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater
11/06/17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
11/07/17 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
11/09/17 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
11/10/17 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
11/11/17 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
11/12/17 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre
11/13/17 – New York, NY – The Town Hall
11/14/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel

Iron & Wine’s principal songwriter Sam Beam had this to say of the album…

“I must confess that I’ve always shied away from album introductions citing the usual ‘dancing to architecture’ cop out. Speaking to their own work is uncomfortable for many artists, but I’ve made a new album called Beast Epic which is important to me and I wanted to take a moment to talk about why. I’ve been releasing music for about fifteen years now and I feel very blessed to have put out five other full lengths, many EPs and singles, a few collaborations with people much more talented than myself, and made contributions to numerous movie scores and soundtracks. This is my sixth collection of new Iron & Wine material and I’m happy to say that it’s my fourth for Sub Pop Records. It’s a warm and serendipitous time to be reuniting with my Seattle friends because I feel there’s a certain kinship between this new collection of songs and my earliest material, which Sub Pop was kind enough to release

“I have been and always will be fascinated by the way time asserts itself on our bodies and our hearts. The ferris wheel keeps spinning and we’re constantly approaching, leaving or returning to something totally unexpected or startlingly familiar. The rite of passage is an image I’ve returned to often because I feel we’re all constantly in some stage of transition. Beast Epic is saturated with this idea but in a different way simply because each time I return to the theme I’ve collected new experiences to draw from. Where the older songs painted a picture of youth moving wide-eyed into adulthood’s violent pleasures and disappointments, this collection speaks to the beauty and pain of growing up after you’ve already grown up. For me, that experience has been more generous in its gifts and darker in its tragedies

“The sound of Beast Epic harks back to previous work, in a way, as well. By employing the old discipline of recording everything live and doing minimal overdubbing, I feel like it wears both its achievements and its imperfections on its sleeve. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different genres, sonics and songwriting styles and all that travelled distance is evident in the feel and the arrangements here, but the muscles seemed to have relaxed and been allowed to effortlessly do what they do best”