I saw her once, some years ago, playing quietly in a bar room corner amid the drunken banter and slurred hollers barflies know so well. She played with her eyes closed, her voice strong and full of conviction, completely involved in her song; it was as if she was somewhere else, and we were watching from some far-off window.
It was an image that seemed to define what it means to be a songwriter, or any artist: the feeling of being in two worlds at once, one real and one not, and somehow finding the ability to not let one dominate the other. There's a balance needed, a teetering act that Jordan Igoe was doing so well that night.
And if recognition grows out of determination, then Igoe is the embodiment of that truism. The singer and songwriter has played countless shows similar to the one those many years ago, coming up the old-fashioned way in an industry that seldom rewards the consummate live performer anymore.
But on Friday night, Igoe will finally get some of the recognition she has spent so many nights trying to gain when she celebrates the release of her debut album, "How to Love."
Igoe emerges as a promising reminder of the past, transporting us to the days when singers like Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn were more than just echoes of an era long gone.
Igoe will perform at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with fellow Charleston singer-songwriter Rachel Kate and Columbia-based brother-sister duo Stagbriar. Tickets are $8 at the door and Igoe's album will be available for $5. The show will begin at 9 p.m.
Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925 for more.
Follywood Oyster Roast
It's been five years since Ben Bounds launched Follywood Productions, a booking agency that, in simple terms, helps local bands get gigs.
Bounds and his team have since expanded the agency's artist lineup to include Davis Coen, James Justin & Co., Kevin Church, John W. Lee and Gregory Scott, and work with Spectra Records in booking tours for the label's national acts.
Follywood Productions has made it a tradition to throw an annual micro music festival and oyster roast.
This year, the event's headliners are the Asheville-based instrumental fusion band Toubab Krewe and former Squirrel Nut Zippers front man and Mississippi songwriter Jimbo Mathus and his band, The Tri-State Coalition.
The Saturday event at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, will feature music on the deck beginning at 11:30 a.m., with performances by Mac Leaphart & My Ragged Company, Guilt Ridden Troubadour, The Piedmont Boys, Gaslight Street, Cary Hudson and Davis Coen. Tickets for this part of the event are $10 in advance, $12 the day of.
Toubab Krewe and Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition will perform inside, with doors opening at 9 p.m. Tickets for the inside show are $15 in advance, $17 the day of. Package tickets for the entire day and night are $22.
Tickets are available online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com or at the door.
Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.
Tim Reynolds and TR3
Perhaps best known for his collaborations with Dave Matthews, guitar virtuoso Tim Reynolds is much more than a sidekick.
Reynolds has been making waves in the underground jam/instrumental scene ever since his debut album with his group TR3 was released in the mid-'80s.
A self-taught musician of the guitar, djembe, violin, mandolin, piano, bass, sitar and a variety of ethnic percussion instruments, Reynolds incorporates all of his abilities into symphonic-like performances. His fusion of jazz, funk, rock and experimental is played with seamless skill and provocative emotion that is sure to wow music lovers of all backgrounds.
Tim Reynolds and TR3 will perform Wednesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the show slated to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Call 571-4343 for more.