ok, sam beam has three years of record making on william fitzsimmons. so, call him a rip off- they do have a lot in common. first and most evident is the giant beards, gentle voices, and great ability to write songs that soothe the soul. in addition, they both had successful careers prior to their musical projects. beam as a professor of film and fitzsimmons as masters certified therapist.
i'm enjoying fitzsimmons' new record, and i think it's because it sounds a lot like early iron & wine, a sound that i've been saying for a few years, beam shouldn't have departed from.