Published on September 20th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Metronome Charleston Anniversary: Jordan Igoe

Charleston-based singer/songwriter Jordan Igoe, a Mt. Pleasant native with a determined approach to performing and recording, has become a master at crafting beautiful, emotive, Southern-tinged pop, country, and rock songs. She’s developed top skills as a bandleader, too.

Igoe started writing songs while in high school. She spent time in the Wando High School guitar club and soon began performing around Charleston at clubs, cafes, churches, and special gatherings. In recent years, she’s performed at all sorts of local and regional venues as a solo act and with backing combos. Last year, she formed the rock/Americana duo Double Trash (initially known as Happy Story Hour) with singer/guitarist Mackie Boles (also of the Royal Tinfoil and Dumb Doctors). Boles’ twangy electric guitar work complements Igoe’s heartfelt lyrics, rich voice, and stripped-down acoustic guitar and piano parts quite well.


Mackie and Jordan at the Royal American, 2013 (photo by Jessica Mickey)

“Jordan and I started playing together about three years ago, but started Double Trash a little over a year ago,” Boles says. “We’re trying to keep Double Trash separate, but there is one song on Jordan’s record that Double Trash does.”

Igoe has a new studio album in the works. This summer, she and Boles enlisted some of the closest musical colleagues to work on a full-length collection at Truphonic in West Ashley with engineer Majeed Fick. Things are going well so far. Igoe’s next major goal for the year is to wrap the studio sessions, release it well, and get on the road.

“My goal is to put out a record at the beginning of 2014,” she says. “I want to connect with the world through my songs and live performances. I will be touring in the spring and summer 2014, off and on with my new album.”

Igoe and Boles will welcome drummer Marshall Hudson, mandolinist Aaron Firetag, pedal steel master Charlie Thompson, and a mysterious bassist (sitting in for Brad Edwardson) to the Tin Roof stage on Fri. Sept. 20 as part of the Metronome Charleston bash. They’ll kick the party off at 8:30 p.m.

What might be their most entertaining aspect of the set on Friday night?

“Mackie’s tap routine/twirling baton bit, and/or Charlie Thompson’s tightrope walk, followed by a high dive into a tiny pool,” says Igoe. “It’s hard to say whose will be better but we’ll just have to see.”

Boles adds, “The most entertaining aspect of the Tin Roof show might be the musical prowess of the stunning Jordan Igoe or the lonesome wail of Charlie Thompson’s pedal steel, but it’ll probably be Rhett Berger’s [of the Unawares] presence in general.”

Visit reverbnation.com/jordanigoe for more.



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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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