Tyler Hilton: Forget The Storm

Forget The Storm is singer-songwriter (and actor) Tyler Hilton’s third studio album and his first independent release on his own label, Hooptie Tune Records. Tyler himself said of the album, “The songs and sounds of Forget The Storm came together as a reaction to the major label system and the heartbreak it kept putting me through.” That heartbreak came after five years of working on another album (The Storms We Share) for major label Warner Bros. only for the songs to gather dust. Tyler left the label when it became obvious the album would never see the light of day and started on a fresh batch of songs, the title Forget The Storm the only reference to the album that never was.

Tyler’s appearances on the final season of One Tree Hill successfully drew my attention to his new album, Forget The Storm. Unfortunately, Chris Keller’s (Tyler’s OTH alter ego) heartfelt acoustic performance of “Prince of Nothing Charming” and rowdy bluesy rock rendition of “Loaded Gun” led to disappointment when I first heard the more polished pop versions on the album.

Once those overblown expectations faded, though, I was able to enjoy and appreciate the album for what it is. It’s a very catchy pop album with a few pretty ballads and a couple of strong rock tracks.

Tyler is best known for laidback, singer-songwriter ballads and this album has it’s share of those, but the best tracks are those in which he fully embraces blues and rock – such as “Loaded Gun” and “Ain’t No Fooling Me.”

There’s a dusky warmth to Tyler’s voice and melodies that occasionally hint at early Ryan Adams, but the slick production pushes most of Forget The Storm into the pop genre. It’ll be a good summer road trip album.


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Grace Potter on One Tree Hill

If you watched last night’s episode of One Tree Hill, you may have wondered who played the female street musician that Hayley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) encountered by the riverfront. She was none other than Grace Potter of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. In addition to dueting on “I Want Something That I Want” with Bethany Joy, the show featured an acoustic version of Grace’s own song “Ah Mary” from her recent release This Is Somewhere. Both songs are available as The One Tree Hill Sessions – mp3 downloads on Amazon.

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TV Notes: Quarterlife, One Tree Hill

Quarterlife debuted on NBC last night, though its regular time slot will be Sundays at 9 pm EST. The series is from the creators of My So-Called Life and initially appeared online as short webisodes.

I had low expectations for Quarterlife, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. It’s not nearly as good as My So-Called Life or Friday Night Lights (which is apparently being shopped around to other networks), but then nothing else is. The moral struggles in the pilot (particularly the magazine article plot) were a little cheesy in execution, and the show felt disjointed from the splicing together of the short webisodes to make an hour tv drama. But something about it – probably the 20something video blogging protagonist – gradually drew me in and by the end I was hooked. Dylan is no Angela Chase, but she does have a similar awkward charm. I could say the same for the show.

Since the barrage of Kate Voegele on One Tree Hill requests continue, I’ll let you know that the song she sang in the library at the end of this week’s episode was “Wish You Were Here” from her debut album Don’t Look Away (buy it here). Just when I thought I was out, OTH pulled me back in with the Dan-centric preview for next week. If they bring him back for good, I’ll have to keep watching. Sigh.

Music on TV: Once, A Fine Frenzy, Plant/Krauss, Fisher

Congratulations to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova on winning the Oscar for Best Original Song! For the few who hadn’t heard “Falling Slowly” before the award show performance, the ballad is on the brilliant Once soundtrack. It was #4 on my Top Albums of 2007 list. I thought the Hansard/Irglova/Stewart interaction last night was adorable.

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I occasionally get asked about songs played in tv shows or commercials. Most of these questions pertain to Kate Voegele‘s role as Mia on One Tree Hill. If you’re curious about the song playing in the final scene of this week’s episode of OTH, it was “Ashes And Wine” from A Fine Frenzy’s One Cell In The Sea.

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The new JC Penney American Living commercial features “Killing The Blues” from Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – #7 on my Top of ’07 list.

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And the song in the animated CVS Pharmacy commercial is a cover of Sarah Mclachlan’s “Ordinary Miracle” performed by Kathy Fisher of the band Fisher, an old online acquaintance of mine. Fisher’s “I Will Love You” (which she was kind enough to dedicate to my hubby & me at Mountain Stage in 2001) was the first mp3 I ever downloaded. It’s on her debut album One.