When you think of Kiefer Sutherland, your thoughts might go to Jack Bower from the hit show ’24.’ but Sutherland’s new project presents the actor in a way that you’ve probably never imagined. A country musician. After playing at the Opry last week, we had to the opportunity to learn more about his experience at the Opry and his country album coming out this summer –Down in a Hole.
Performing at the Opry the night before, Sutherland shared his thoughts about what it was like to stand on that stage for his Opry debut.
“The depth of humility that I felt standing there was quite overwhelming and it made the show kinda go like a blur. It was over so fast. The joy of playing with those incredible players,the smiles on the faces on the band that I’ve been playing with for a year-I’ve never seen smiles on their faces like that. The audience was incredibly gracious and the people backstage were so nice. Humility was really the thing I felt the most. I remember when we did soundcheck and going up to that circle. I put my foot in like the circle kinda like dipping your toe in the water. Then a sound engineer walked by and said “Oh step in it!” I finally did and I had great reverence for the historical meaning of that place.”
Sutherland’s road to country music came through his life experience of roping. Just before he landed his role as Jack Bower, Sutherland joined the rodeo in the early 90s and his team roping partner John English introduced him to country music
“Country music was not the music I grew up on. I started roping in the early 90s touring with John English and that is all we listened to in the truck. The music we listened to was Willie Nelson,Johnny Cash.Waylon Jennings,Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. What I fell in love with is that all of them wrote in the first person narrative. It was in that old Chevy Crew Cab pick up truck in the 90s that’s where country music found me and I found country music.”
The songs on his upcoming album were written by Sutherland but songwriting is not new to Sutherland; it started at a young age.
“I started writing music when I was fifteen years old with my first song about my mom called ‘Mother won’t you leave me alone.’ I can still play the first song I wrote. It makes me and my mom laugh when I play it. Just in the last ten years have I started writing to tell a story.”
Experiences in Nashville for Sutherland don’t stop at the Opry, he actually tried Nashville Hot Chicken.
“I tried the spicy chicken sandwich and it just laid me out. That’s not one of my favorite things about Nashville. I just have to say I love the music and the people here in Nashville.”
Down in a Hole will be available later this summer. The album is very personal for Sutherland as wrote all of the tracks for the album stating “it’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or a diary. All of these songs are pulled from my personal experiences.” Follow Kiefer Sutherland on Facebook for the latest news and more updates about when the album will release.
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