Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell team for collaborative covers LP, playing festivals this summer
Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses and Iron & Wine's Sam Beam are old friends and have now made an album together, titled Sing into My Mouth, which will be out at some point this sumnmer. On it, Sam and Ben take on other people's songs, including ones by Talking Heads, Pete Seeger, Spiratualized, Sade, John Cale, JJ Cale, and more. Says Ben:
As excited as I was at the prospect of finally working together, I was unsure of the possibility of us both finding the time. Luckily for me, Sam was persistent with the idea of recording some of our favorite tunes that we'd always wanted to cover. This is truly a 'full circle' moment for me... I've always wanted us to sing together and finally I have that dream realized. I couldn't be more excited to continue this project at the upcoming shows to take it even further while playing some of our original songs together.
Ben and I started our careers together and had been threatening to work with one another for years," Beam adds. "When we finally conceived of the covers project and carved out some time, it was nostalgic and fun from top to bottom--the process of picking the songs to cover was really reminiscent of more than 15 years ago when we used to mail each other cassettes and CDs of music we were into--and the end of every recording day found us cutting up with friends the way we used to when we'd cross paths in South Carolina. He's always been one of the funniest people I know.
Full tracklist for Sing Into My Mouth is below.
IRON & WINE AND BEN BRIDWELL - SING INTO MY MOUTH tracklist
1 This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads)
2 Done This One Before (Ronnie Lane)
3 Any Day Woman (Bonnie Raitt)
4 You Know Me More Than I Know (John Cale)
5 Bulletproof Soul (Sade)
6 There's No Way Out of Here (Unicorn)
7 God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get) (El Perro del Mar)
8 The Straight and Narrow (Spiritualized)
9 Magnolia (JJ Cale)
10 Am I a Good Man? (Them Two)
11 Ab's Song (Marshall Tucker Band)
12 Coyote, My Little Brother (Pete Seeger)