By Ellie Schoeffel

The actor best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files is holding off on chasing TV aliens and strapping on a guitar as he takes his band on the road to promote his debut rock album, crash-landing at The Paramount in Huntington on Thursday, Feb. 23.

David Duchovny did not play the six-string until his 50s, but the actor, writer and director had enough material to put together Hell or Highwater, his first album, which dropped in 2015. Duchovny, who blends country, folk and alternative rock, is expected to also unleash some new tracks of what has been sometimes described as “Dad Rock.”

“I think [writing lyrics] is very different from acting,” he told Flavorwire. “Mostly because I’m saying my own words, and it’s my own music, and it’s me—not me filtered through whatever role I’m doing. It feels a lot more vulnerable…you either like it or you don’t, but I didn’t try to make it any different to try and make you like it.”

The two-time Golden Globe winner said he was influenced by artists INCLUDINGe Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, the Flaming Lips and R.E.M. After the release of his debut novel Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale, Duchovny made his musical debut, making ’15 a year of firsts for him.

Duchovny knows that people come for Mulder, but hopefully leave seeing a different side of him: the real person, not a carefully prepared character.

In the wake of this new music venture, fans are eager to see what Duchovny can do outside of the sphere they already know him, and with only a sprinkling of music out so far, his new musical renaissance is only just beginning.

David Duchovny and his band will be performing at the Paramount Theater, 370 New York Ave., in Huntington. For more information, visit paramountny.com. Ticket prices range from $19-$150. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

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