KIEFER SUTHERLAND has been a professional actor for over thirty years, starring in movies such as STAND BY ME, THE LOST BOYS, YOUNG GUNS, FLATLINERS, A FEW GOOD MEN, MELANCHOLIA, DARK CITY, A TIME TO KILL, PHONE BOOTH and, most recently, FORSAKEN. His portrayal of Jack Bauer in the TV series 24 earned him Golden Globe and Emmy Awards.
But, unknown to many during the course of his career, he has taken on other vocations with the same level of dedication and commitment. The first one, beginning around 1992, was that of a Cattle Rancher and Competitive Cowboy in the USTRC Team Roping Circuit. He ran a successful ranch with partner John English for almost a decade. During that time, Sutherland won numerous roping events around the country including Phoenix, Indio and the Los Angeles Open.
In 2002, Sutherland, with his music partner and best friend JUDE COLE, began a small record label called Ironworks. The goal of the label was to record local musicians and distribute their music at a time when the industry was going through a monumental shift. Some of their artists included Rocco DeLuca and The Burden, Lifehouse, Ron Sexsmith and Honey Honey. In 2009, Sutherland left the label to recharge and figure out what he was going to do next.
In early 2015 Sutherland played Cole two songs he had written and wanted to record as demos for other artists to record. Cole responded positively to the songs and the album grew organically from those recordings. Two songs became four and four grew into six, until Cole suggested that they make a record. Their collaboration resulted in Kiefer Sutherland’s debut album DOWN IN A HOLE.
“It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary,” says Sutherland of the 11 tracks that make up the album. “All of these songs are pulled from my own personal experiences. There is something very satisfying about being able to look back on my own life, good times and bad, and express those sentiments in music. As much as I have enjoyed the writing and recording process, I am experiencing great joy now being able to play these songs live, which was something I hadn’t counted on.”
KIEFER SUTHERLAND will tour the USA during April and May, then Europe throughout June, with dates in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Holland and Luxembourg before heading over to the UK for the following shows:
Tue 20 BRISTOL Bierkeller
Wed 21 BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Thu 22 LONDON Islington Assembly Room
Mon 26 MANCHESTER Gorilla
You can listen to DOWN IN A HOLE here: https://soundcloud.com/kiefersutherland/sets/down-in-a-hole
And there are videos for two of the album tracks here:
CAN’T STAY AWAY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFdvRIKijzA NOT ENOUGH WHISKEY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7lUCghDJ7w