by ASHLEY CENTERS
For Inland 360
The Americana singer/songwriter is a Georgia native but spends most of his time traveling the country with his guitar and a simple sound reminiscent of a bygone era in the van he has converted into a home.
Hylton’s musical journey started in middle school band and choir but quickly progressed. He picked up the guitar in high school, playing classic country and bluegrass tunes alongside his grandfather. It was then that he started writing his own songs. At age 18, wanderlust grabbed Hylton and he took to the road with his guitar.
“I was playing all over the country and picking up tales along the way,” Hylton said. “During my 20s I found myself getting deeper and deeper into drugs and addiction. I eventually made it back to the South and got my life together after many trials and tribulations, took a little time off of the road, but eventually I came back.”
Hylton has spent the last four years touring heavily and focusing on songwriting and storytelling. This time around, he’s clean after “years of running wild.”
Since returning to the road, Hylton has averaged more than 150 shows a year and enjoys providing his audiences with an intimate experience full of songs recounting his last decade. He also loves to hear the stories of people he meets along the way.
Hylton said the hardest part of spending so much time on the road is doing it all solo. Sometimes it gets a little lonely, but there’s nothing else he’d rather be doing.
“Music is my life,” Hylton said. “I came to the realization that this is what I am supposed to do with my time here on this planet. I’ve had all types of jobs, but this is the only one that truly makes me happy.”
Hylton’s latest EP, “Bag of Broken Bones,” was released Aug. 3.
IF YOU GO
WHO: Reverend Hylton
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown