Alex Rendon

Iron & Wine by Sam Beam

Making a living from music was nothing more than a pipe dream for 39-year-old  at the turn of the 21st Century. Circa 2001, Beam had completed an MFA from ’s film school and was working as a professor of film at the  in Miami (now referred to as the Art Institute). Becoming a world traveling, indie folk troubadour gracing the pages of  was furthest from his mind. As a hobby, the gifted artist had been messing around in his Miami Beach bedroom with a mike and eight tracks, recording tenderly wispy, introspective numbers under the pseudonym Iron and Wine–named after …

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It was just over four years ago that 29-year-old aspiring musician Nicholas Williams moved from Chicago to the Jacksonville area to take a job as a summer lacrosse coach. Luckily for the River City, Williams’ temporary move became a permanent one. After spending some time waiting tables, Williams kick-started his music career on our shores and in a relatively short time has become one of North Florida’s most promising acts. Under the pseudonym Whetherman, Williams has released five albums–his most recent, Streams and Pastures (released this past Spring), is a perfectly concocted slice of sunny disposition Americana. Whetherman was a …

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