Kiefer Sutherland performs to sold out crowd
Actor Kiefer Sutherland, best known for his role as Agent Jack Bauer on the hit TV series “24,” has a new side gig: country music singer and songwriter. The Kiefer Sutherland Band is currently on the “Not Enough Whiskey” tour and they stopped by The Dock in Ithaca to perform for an enthusiastic, sold out crowd on Sunday, May 15.
Sutherland performed a number of songs off his forthcoming album “Down in a Hole,” including the debut single “Not Enough Whiskey”. Sutherland’s sound is firmly planted in classic country music. He told the capacity crowd that some of his biggest musical influences include the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson.
None of his songs feature any of the poppy, crossover influences that are seen in so much of today’s country music. Sutherland’s gravelly voice seems custom made for the old school country music sound, while veteran guitarist Michael Gurley brought the smooth twang of his slide guitar.
The Dock proved to be a good venue for Sutherland and his band. The small, intimate setting fit the laid back, personal style of the man and his music. If anything, The Dock may have been a little too small. After hopping off the drum riser at the end of a song, Sutherland stated that he was glad he looked up first because the ceiling was so low.
Sutherland would often talk about what inspired a particular song. “My Best Friend” came when he had an epiphany. He said there were so many people in his life that had hurt him and let him down, and admitted that there were probably a lot of people who felt the same about him. His revelation was that you can’t expect others to love and care for you if you don’t love and care for yourself.
The song “Gonna Die” was inspired by a chance meeting with an Iraq War vet he met in a bar who was not doing well. He brought the man to the V.A. to get help and got a small glimpse into how the system is failing our Vets. He said it isn’t deliberate or malicious, but that we can do a lot better to take care of our wounded vets.
Even his cover songs had a story. Sutherland said performing Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” reminds him of being a kid and driving around with his father, actor Donald Sutherland, listening to Dylan on the 8track.
The Kiefer Sutherland Band continues their tour through the northeast and Canada until the end of June. Sutherland’s new TV series “Designated Survivor” premieres on ABC this fall.
James Suits / The Fuze Magazine
Photography Credit / Captured Momentz Photography & James Suits Photography
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