ALT-COUNTRY | Jordan Igoe
w/ The Kernal & His New Strangers, Inlaws
Fri. Jan. 8
9 p.m.
Royal American

Charleston singer-songwriter Jordan Igoe released her debut album How to Love in 2014, and she’s already had some shifting perspectives on it. The album, which takes a guitar-heavy alt-country approach, was co-produced by Igoe, Brave Baby drummer/producer Wolfgang Ryan Zimmerman, and guitarist Mackie Boles — and it captured her sound in the midst of an uncertain shift. “I love working with Ryan and having his input, but I was trying to transition from being a solo artist to being in a band,” she says. “So I think I was focusing too much on the full-band sound rather than experimenting with different sounds to create a full song. And Mackie is a really good guitar player, but I kind of let him get away with too much; there are too many guitar solos. I wanted this one to be more about carefully choosing what sounds and what instruments to put where, for the good of the song.” Igoe is planning to work with Grammy-Award winning producer/engineer Paul Ebersold (Al Green, Chuck Leavell) in Nashville for her new album, but she’s also enlisting Zimmerman, who’s produced SUSTO, the Tarlatans, Heyrocco, and seemingly every other band in town. “When I met him, he was just one of those magnetic people,” Igoe says of Zimmerman. “Every now and then you meet somebody that you feel like you’ve known forever, and I feel like we just connected that way. We work well together because we know what the other one’s thinking. We’re really close, friendship-wise, and that makes a huge difference when you’re working with somebody.” Igoe will be joined by dynamite country crooners the Kernal & His New Strangers and InLaws, the reignited alt-country project from Joel Hamilton (Mechanical River) and Owen Beverly (INDIANOLA). —Vincent Harris FRIDAY


ROCK | Tyler Boone
w/ See Water, David Higgins, Finnegan Bell
Sat. Jan. 9
8:30 p.m.
Music Farm

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Tyler Boone’s two most recent singles, “Next Life” and “Front Page Show,” don’t even sound like they were recorded by the same guy, let alone the same guy less than two months apart. “Front Page Show” is all swagger and stomp — a roadhouse blues number that sounds like a great soundtrack to a bar fight. “Next Life,” on the other hand, is a polished number that has its share of guitars but relies more on melody and production than grit. Somewhere between these two extremes is an artist who likes to get down and bluesy but knows that pop hooks pay the bills; that’s a lesson Boone learned when he moved from Charleston to Nashville last September. “Everyone thinks Nashville is all about country, but it’s not,” he says. “There’s a lot of rock ‘n’ roll and everything in between. And it’s a lot more about songwriting than artists. A lot of people come out here just to write songs for people. They check-in like a nine-to-five job, they go into these rooms with people they’re partnered up with, and write songs. You just write a song, record it, turn it in, and come back the next day. I learned from writing in Nashville that if you don’t have songs with good pop melodies to them, you’re not going to do well on the radio.” Despite that hard truth, Boone says his next record will be a mixture of styles. “I want blues-rock on it. That’s the stuff I love,” he says. “But at the same time, it’ll be more of that singer/songwriter kind of stuff with a little bit of blues.” —Vincent Harris SATURDAY


HARD ROCK | Beyond Intent
w/ Trivium and Something Samurai
Fri. Jan 8
8 p.m.
$18.50/adv., $20/door
Music Farm

Local hard rock band Beyond Intent comprises vocalist Dan “Jazz” Isom, guitarist Tim Hutchinson, guitarist Chino Thomason, bassist Randy Corbitt, and drummer Chris Arivette. Formed in 2009, Beyond Intent went through various band name (and lineup) changes before officially deciding on Beyond Intent in 2012. The name describes how the band connects with their fans through their music. “Beyond Intent looks beyond your everyday happy face and connects to the deeper struggles of life,” Hutchinson says. “Deep down we deal with various issues. We cover many of them, like addiction, with our song ‘Xanax,’ the afterlife with our song ‘Believe,’ and trust issues with our song ‘Trust.'” Influenced by artists like Rage Against the Machine, Breaking Benjamin, and Seether, Beyond Intent will open up this weekend for massive metal rockers, Trivium, after which the band plans to release a new EP and hit the road. Hutchinson says, “We have lots in store for 2016.” —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY


TRIBUTE | Women and Young
Sat. Jan 9
8 p.m.
$15/adv., $17/door
Charleston Music Hall

A few months back, local artists Lindsay Holler (Lindsay Holler and the Western Polaroids) and Hazel Ketchum (The Hungry Monks) curated a Tom Waits tribute night at the Charleston Music Hall called Women and Waits. Backed by two bands, the Harrows and the Western Polaroids, and sprinkled with surprise guests, like Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels & Rope), the show was a huge success. “Tom Waits has such a distinct, and some would say very masculine, tone, and voice,” Holler says. “As someone who enjoys his music and is very familiar with his catalog, it was so interesting to hear the song interpretations from the extreme variety of female singers.” As a result, Holler decided to apply the same formula to Neil Young’s catalogue, which would offer a lot of opportunities for different interpretations. “One interesting thing is the range of age of the singers involved for this show,” she says. “The youngest singer is 18 and the oldest is 63, which will result in very unique perspectives that can be filtered through Neil Young songs.” The Hungry Monks and the Western Polaroids will back the show this time, with the female vocalists set to include Holler, Ketchum, Jordan Igoe, Aisha Kenyetta, McKenzie Eddy, Delia Chariker, Ann Caldwell, Lauren Bevins Cahill, Boonie Bevins, Camille Rhoden, and Regina Ruopoli — and a few special guests to boot. “Curating these shows is a little like cooking,” Holler says. “You start with quality ingredients — excellent songs, dynamic singers, talented musicians — put them together, and see what comes out on the other side. I’m never sure exactly what’s going to happen, but it’s usually something pretty special.” —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY

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