by Lisa Schreiner
Say the name Kiefer Sutherland and, as if by reflex, people define him by their love (or at least awareness) of his role as Jack Bauer in 24 or the multitude of movies he’s been in (Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, Eye For an Eye, A Time to Kill, Flatliners, Young Guns); it’s time to add “accomplished musician” to his repertoire.
Hearing that Sutherland was going to be delving into music, visions of hard-rockin’, attitude-inducing bad-assery had been quickly interrupted by a familiar sound of twang and the appearance of Kiefer Sutherland in a cowboy hat. It was a surprise, and I was frightened.
Skepticism plagued this writer (and fan of Kiefer’s acting) as I put in my earbuds to give the single “Not Enough Whiskey” off of the forthcoming Down in a Hole, a debut country album for the actor, a listen. I took a deep breath and hit play, fearing my perception of Jack Bauer and Ace Merrill was about to change, horrifically. Here’s the truth: it’s a good song. Lynyrd Skynyrd is about as deep into country as this New Yorker gets, with a few favorites from other artists scattered about (who doesn’t love “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band?), but “Not Enough Whiskey” has something to it. Maybe it’s Kiefer’s gritty, rugged voice that sort of haunts you and draws you into the story he’s telling. Maybe it’s the lyrics, seemingly written by a heart-broken soul that provides a common denominator among us all…love (or lack thereof) sucks sometimes. But likely, it’s the combination of the two that made me disregard what I had already known and thought about Kiefer Sutherland, throwing my bias to the wind and letting the skepticism fade.
Kiefer Sutherland is currently on tour with his band, you can check out dates here