Posted On 08 Feb 2019
Last month on January 18th, the singer/songwriter/actor Tyler Hilton released his album CITY ON FIRE. Hilton kicks off a US tour in support of this album on February 19th.
CITY ON FIRE is Tyler Hilton’s first full length album since 2014. It was written and recorded in Los Angeles & Nashville with producer Charles Kelley, front man of Grammy winning Lady Antebellum, who also sings on the record, and longtime Hilton collaborator, Jaco Caraco (Miley Cyrus, Troye Sivan). A deeply personal record, the album breaks all singer-songwriter tropes and modernizes his biggest musical inspirations (Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan & Muddy Waters). Tyler’s unique storytelling blends the genres of rock, country and blues, making City On Fire an album that truly captures his loose, organic musical style for the first time.
Hilton, who has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Colbie Callait, Gavin DeGraw and more, is also well-known for his acting roles on One Tree Hill and films Walk The Line and Charlie Bartlett.
2/19: Orlando, FL – SoundBar
2/20: Tampa, FL – The Attic
2/21: St. Augustine’s Beach, FL – Cafe Eleven
2/23: Wilmington, NC – A Weekend In Tree Hill: Charity Fundraiser
2/25: Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
2/26: Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
2/27: Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
3/1: Old Saybrook, CT – Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
3/2: New York, NY – The Loft @ City Winery
3/3: Boston, MA – Haymarket Lounge @ City Winery
3/6: Toronto, Canada – Hard Luck Bar
3/7: Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club
3/8: Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
3/9: Chicago, IL – Elbo Room
3/10: St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
3/12: Oklahoma City, OK – VZD’s Resteraunt & Bar
3/13: Kansas City, MO – Gospel Lounge @ Knucklehead’s Saloon
3/15: Denver, CO – The Walnut Room
3/16: Fort Collins, CO – Magic Rat Live Music
3/17: Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
3/20: San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
3/22: Los Angeles, CA – The Hotel Cafe
3/23: San Diego, CA – Lestat’s West Music Venue
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Get to know Tyler Hilton more in our All Access interview below:
Now that 2019 has started, what musical goals do you have for yourself and your music this new year? Did you make any new year’s resolutions?
Yea, it’s crazy I have more musical goals for this year than I have time to get to. The main one, and the one that’s most important to me right now is bringing this record to life on the road with my band. But I also have a lot of new songs I can’t help but work on.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make? Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what could you see yourself doing?
Growing up music was my absolute favorite thing. Singing, listening to it, watching people make it… I was obsessed.
My uncles were professional musicians and there were a lot of people in our family’s orbit that played or wrote full time still. I always knew I’d be doing something in music, whether as a performer, writer or player. I just loved it too much and knew I didn’t need to make much if that’s what I was doing.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
The biggest surprise of making music as a career is all the admin stuff that still needs to happen! There’s no taking the business out of music business! But it’s still worth it.
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live now?
I grew up in Palm Springs and I fell in love with jazz and blues music. I wonder how much of the old Hollywood influence of Palm Springs caused that… Now I’m in LA and closer to a lot of my family who play more folk and singer songwriter stuff. There’s something about LA that envokes that to me.
Let’s talk about your latest single, “How Long ‘Til I Lose You.” Can you talk about being inspired by your friend’s marriage ending to write it? How would you say that this song and others on your brand new album compare to anything else you have previously put out? How does it prepare listeners for, “City On Fire”?
“How Long Til I Lose You” came fast after a good buddy of mine spilled his heart to me about his crumbling marriage. He was so raw and gave me such clear look into what it was like for him. The whole record came really fast. I didn’t second guess the lyrics or music much. I’d done that a lot in the past and it wore me out.
What was it like putting together “City On Fire”? Did you approach the recording any differently then your previous albums? Why did you decide to work with Lady Antebellum front-man, Charles Kelley on it? What did that collaboration bring to this music? Did anything surprise you about the recording process? How do you plan/how did you celebrate the release of “City On Fire”?
I wasn’t really trying to make a record. Jaco and I started messing around making songs when we were hanging out catching up between tours. They weren’t for anything or anyone we were just doing the things we didn’t get to do or play elsewhere. I think some really honest songs happened cause we weren’t trying. Charles and I reconnected around the same time cause he was just getting off the road too. He was itching to do some producing and we used to have a blast in the studio together when we were roommates in 2007 or so.
So we thought it’d be fun to get back in and try some stuff. This is all kind of happening around the same time and all at once I’m looking at tons of brand new finished songs like, “holy shit I think I just made a record.”
How excited are you to head out on tour late this month?
I’m really excited to take this record on the road. I haven’t brought the band out with me in awhile but I am for this record. It’s gonna be a blast playing these new songs live!
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
At the end of the day I guess I hope people take away a sense of who I am working myself out to be, and find something they relate to in my joys and struggles.