Singer, songwriter and guitarist Tyler Hilton will return to Jammin Java on Saturday for two back-to-back shows with “The Voice” contestant Tony Lucca.
The two will play an early show at 6:30 p.m., then climb back on stage for a late-night show at 9:30. Hilton and Lucca will be joined by special guest Anna Rose.
Hilton has been performing and releasing indie rock and folk music since the early 2000s in between acting jobs, including a recurring role on the popular TV drama “One Tree Hill.”
“I think what I do is Americana music; it comes from the roots,” Hilton said. “Roots music is what I was raised on.”
Hilton released the album “Forget the Storm” in 2012 and recently re-released it as a deluxe edition in 2013, adding five acoustic songs to the track list.
“There were a few other songs I’d written that I thought would be good on there and I didn’t want to wait [for my next album],” Hilton said.
Hilton explained that he saw artists that he likes and admires putting out deluxe editions of their CDs and decided that he should do the same. He said that he looked at it from the fan’s perspective and realized that, as a fan, he wouldn’t want to wait for a whole new CD to come out.
Currently, Hilton is working on his next album, which he said “is roughly called ‘Indian Summer’” and has a handful of songs recorded for it. He said that he’s not sure if he’s finished just yet because he keeps second-guessing himself.
In between recording and touring, Hilton is working on the new CBS science-fiction drama “Extant,” starring Halle Berry. Hilton plays the recurring role of Charlie Arthurs.
“I get to play this computer genius guy who builds robots,” Hilton said excitedly.
Although Hilton has been acting and playing music for years now, he’s not sure which he enjoys more because they’re such different experiences. He said that right now he’s really into acting because he’s so involved with “Extant.”
“With acting I get to take someone else’s project and collaborate with them and with music it’s all me so it’s a lot of pressure,” Hilton said.
Hilton also had the role of Elvis Presley in “Walk the Line,” the 2005 biographical music drama about the life and career of country music legend Johnny Cash. His versions of classic Elvis songs were featured on the award-winning soundtrack.
“It was a big moment for me to step up as a shy person in a lot of ways. I was so into Elvis and had never been in a movie. I kept thinking, ‘Are you sure you want little old me?’” Hilton said.
Hilton was especially flattered and excited for the part because Elvis is such an inspiration to him as a musician.
“I had to look deep inside and put myself out there. Even though it was just a few scenes, for me it was a huge deal,” Hilton said. “I sang songs by my favorite artist of all time.”
For this tour with Lucca, Hilton will play acoustically with someone accompanying him on percussion.
“We play blues and rock ’n’ roll and tell a lot of stories,” Hilton said. “You really get close to the artists when it’s acoustic. It’s just you, your guitar and this story you have to tell.”
Hilton explained that he loves things that are “off the cuff” and he isn’t great at planning things out.
“I never know what the set list is until I’m on stage,” Hilton said. “In a lot of ways it’s like acting. You can rehearse all you want, but it’s going to be what it is in the moment.”