June 9, 2016
Kiefer Sutherland Band Gone Country? '24' And 'Lost Boys' Actor Talks About The Challenges Of Writing Debut Album

Kiefer Sutherland has taken a new route in his career. He's started a band, which performs country rock, and it's surprisingly good according to those who have heard it.

It seems Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler isn't the only one to join the ranks of the country crowd and amaze the world. Country appears to be attracting older performers and losing younger ones, with singers like Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift changing genres almost overnight to much success. Steven Tyler did have a bit more country roots than anyone thought, though, having grown up on a farm. Even some of Aerosmith's music was borderline country in sound.

Kiefer Sutherland's career change is one of the most surprising since he's most known for his acting roles.

Kiefer made a name for himself starring in Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys, a horror comedy about a family who moves to Santa Carla, California, and ends up attracting all kinds of strange attention. The youngest, played by the late Corey Haim, attracted a couple of comic book fanatics whose passion for vampire hunting was made awkwardly obvious. The mother attracted a kindly record store manager who just happened to be a vampire. The oldest son ended up attracting the attention of a group of vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland.

24 was a TV series about a character named Jack Bauer, who was given a day to solve a crime, and each hour was an episode. Kiefer is also known for his role in the western Young Guns.

Now Sutherland has a band, and it wasn't until he started performing the songs off his debut album Down in a Hole that he realized what he had done.

"There are a few songs I've written on the record and I was surprised how many I had written about drinking. But when you listen to the songs it's not a positive endorsement of the endeavour or activity. … This album is the closest thing I've had to a journal. There's positive aspects to what I've written about and there's also some things that I've learned about that I wished I'd known then what I know now. The album reflects that."

Kiefer Sutherland might also not be aware that his band's debut album shares its title with an Alice in Chains song. According to Music-News, a song he wrote on that album was one he says has caused him the most problems, but not with legal or band issues. It's a song about a dead friend, and it's hard for him to finish it in front of an audience.

"She told me that she had lost her husband and that she'd been dealing with that for 20-some odd years, and somehow that song made her feel better. When I introduced the song that night I got three quarters of the way through the introduction and I lost it. The audience was so incredibly gracious because I really did lose it; I was crying. The audience just stood up and clapped and I played the song and you could've heard a pin drop. It's those kinds of experiences we've been having out on the road that's just changed my life."

When performing a song about a friend who died hits the artist like that, you know they poured their soul into it. Kiefer Sutherland has definitely hit the right chords and tugged the right heartstrings.


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