The Music of One Tree Hill: When the Melodic ‘Stars’ Aligned
The music of “One Tree Hill” was addictive from day one; throughout the first season and into the second, these songs came to be more significant to fans. As I always say: the new music became just as important to us as the new episode was.
A few episodes into the second season One Tree Hill took a different direction with the songs on their show after bringing on a relatively new singer — but an unknown actor — Tyler Hilton as the wise-cracking Chris Keller. The character of Haley (played by Bethany Joy Galeotti, née Lenz) was no longer who we found out — halfway through season one — was just ‘a girl who just liked to sing’.
Oh no, Haley became ‘a singer’.
Tyler and Bethany Joy recorded a cover of the Ryan Adams classic When The Stars Go Blue (fan made video) for episode 2×08 Truth, Bitter Truth and after that song made major waves with the fan base, the show began to release soundtracks, have a concert tour and bring on popular musical acts to perform in the fictional TRIC nightclub. It was truly a show with music and storyline that went hand-in-hand.
This song was heard several times throughout that second season as performed by Chris and Haley — but also even guest stars. You honestly can not think back on the musical history of this drama and not include this memorable piece of it.
Naturally the only down-side was that Chris Keller totally wormed his way into the relationship of Nathan and Haley …and nearly demolished it. True love stands against all though and after that near-debacle, Chris Keller became the character that we here at OTH-Music.com “love to hate” … yet we mostly just love.
Sometimes we wonder if the musical chemistry and Haley had never taken off — would there have been as much musical promotion with the show? Would we had had three successful soundtracks? CD signings? The tour?
Maybe Chris Keller is good for something.