Kiefer Sutherland has launched his career as a solo country music artist with the video for his first single, “Not Enough Whiskey.”

Kiefer Sutherland Does Country

Sutherland, best known for playing Jack Bauer on 24, has long harbored hopes of getting into music. Two years ago, after 24 wrapped, he got serious about making those hopes a reality. And, unlike many other actors-turned-musicians, Sutherland plans to drop music videos and support his album with a tour.

“If I hear about an actor doing a music project, my eyes are the first to roll. It’s been done before and, on some levels, not very well,” Sutherland told Rolling Stone. “A lot of actors make records but won’t tour to support them or make videos, and it ends up not being serious. I felt strongly that this was something I wanted to do.”

And while Sutherland is an admitted fan of rock music, he felt most at home as a performer doing country music – in part because of its similarities to acting projects he takes on.

“I never picked a script because, ‘Ooh, that’s a character I want to play.’ It’s always been because I thought there was an interesting story to tell. Country music to me is like that,” Sutherland explained.

“Not Enough Whiskey,” the leading single of Sutherland’s debut album Down a Hole, tells a story from his own life.

“I’ve certainly been there, where something will happen in life, and one, two, three bottles of whiskey are not going to fix it,” Sutherland said. “In the context of the song, those moments are important to realize so you have to find another way to deal with them. I’m sure a lot of people have felt that way.”

Sutherland is embarking on a national tour this spring, kicking off in Wisconsin April 14. The release date for Down a Hole has yet to be announced.

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