You might know Tyler Hilton from the film Charlie Bartlett, or the now finished drama One Tree Hill. He’s also a singer-songwriter who happens to love Canada, and our people, so much so that he’s marrying one of our own, Megan Park. On Sunday August 10th Tyler came to play The Mod Club and brought along Anna Rose to open the show.
Anna Rose played an acoustic set with her guitar player Adam Stoler. Her name might sound sweet but she’s definitely a little badass, with her saucy attitude and powerful, raspy voice, she embodies the strong female image we need to see more of in music. Drawing from influences like Janis Joplin, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks, her sound is rough-and-tumble, passionate and strong that mirrors the image of her female-rocker predecessors. Tearing through a cover of Dolly Parton’s Jolene, she won the crowd over with her powerhouse vocals. Tying together a set of songs that feel like rock and roll doused in a little blues, a little folk, and a lot of sass, Anna Rose is one to keep your eyes on.
Before long, Tyler Hilton came out to the gleeful screams of the crowd with a smirk on his face and his guitar, ready to make the audience swoon. Kicking off the set with Pink and Black, there was little need for him to sing. The crowd was doing just fine on their own, loudly belting out every line through most of his set. During Kicking My Heels, a song from his most recent release Forget the Storm, a girl in the front row was recording the performance. He grabbed her cell phone and continued the video from on stage, pointing it out at the crowd singing and flipping it around on himself before handing it back to the grateful young woman. Hilton is a master of audience interaction. From casual chitchat between songs, to letting a girl in the front row tie his shoelace, he looks at playing shows as hanging out with his fans, singing some songs, cracking jokes, and that’s probably why I keep coming back to see him; it’s a lot of fun.
Regardless of revealing that he was sick as a dog, he powered through a list of hits, including a cover of John Waite’s Missing You (made popular on One Tree Hill), You’ll Ask For Me, and even a cover of Rihanna’s Stay. He shared an exciting piece of news: that he is working on a new album in Nashville. Heavily inspired by bluegrass, folk and zydeco music, this album will be a result of that inspiration. He played a new track, California, which he broke out the harmonica for (this track is available on his live album he released in 2012, incase you care to take a listen.) As the set continued, it was clear his voice was starting to fade, so he brought out Anna Rose to duet with him on When The Stars Go Blue, a track that any OTH fan will know, which is usually accompanied by Bethany Joy Lenz. Rose also helped him out with Jenny from Forget the Storm. With a heavy heart, Hilton had to cut the set short, because his voice was almost gone by this point. Finishing off the set with Loaded Gun, a gritty, high-tempo number, he elicited the crowd to help him finish off the jam. Despite a very short set (about 40 minutes), he filled the time with hearty laughs and sing-a-longs that made up for the disappointment of him leaving us so soon.
Post-performance, he hung out in the back of the venue and took, as well as autographed, Polaroids with fans. I totally got one. 15 year-old me is so jazzed!
Photos and review by Ashley Smith |