Powerhouses, Hannah Wicklund & Jordan Igoe Return To Charleston
Written By Shank Wilson
The Royal American played host to blues-rock 3-piece “Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin Stones” and Jordan Igoe last night. Igoe started off the show, and like the southern lady troubadour that she is, started the show with just her and her guitar. Stylistically, her voice entangled modern indie vibes with the country purity of a bygone era. At times, I felt as if the late, great Patti Page had come back from the 50s to take this generation to church about foolhardy men and crazy love. Hunter Park from “She Returns from War” joined Igoe for most of her set and was polite enough to provide Miss Igoe with a shot upon taking the stage. While the two might be considered very different singers, they meshed together extremely well, and I’d personally like to see them work together more often. The two also displayed a lot of chemistry while bantering and teasing each other in-between songs. At one point, Park jokingly sighed to the crowd, “She’s so mean to me. I don’t even know why I do this.”
Hilton Head Island’s “Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin Stones” headlined the evening in what amounted to the first performance of their 5-month long North American and European tour. Playing only their 2nd show ever at Royal (who knew?) the show started with a spirited jam from Hannah and her very capable new bass player, Grayson Downs and drummer, Graham Spillman. Wicklund started the show by revving up the horsepower on guitar before delving into signature cuts off her latest album like “Ghost” and “Looking Glass.” There, her mammoth vocal authority and epic feel of her music were only eclipsed by her effortless command of the stage.
Midway through the performance, Wicklund gave the band a break to perform a new ballad as well as her personal favorite song, “Shadowboxes and Porcelain Faces.” Throughout the evening, Wicklund sprinkled in several new songs that she plans to record this winter, which is something attendees at her upcoming tour-dates can look forward to hearing. Wicklund put a bow on another high-energy show with up-tempo stompers “Meet You Again” and “Bomb Through the Breeze” before closing the show with an extended version of “Mama Said.” All told, two uniquely talented female performers showed how spoiled we Charlestonians are to be able to get this kind quality on a Wednesday freaking night.