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From Jack Bauer to rock star: Kiefer Sutherland to drop first album, go on tour

Kiefer Sutherland may be best known as 24‘s Jack Bauer, but the actor is also a musician. As the co-founder of the indie record label Ironworks, music has been more than a passing interest for Sutherland. He’ll soon further prove it as he prepares to drop his debut album and embark on a U.S. tour.

The upcoming LP, Down in a Hole, is due out the summer, according to Rolling Stone, and it draws heavily on his own life experiences. “It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary,” Sutherland told the publication. “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 to a live audience, which was something I hadn’t counted on.”

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Consisting of 11 songs, the album skews toward folk, which Sutherland fans will be able to dissect for themselves if they can snag a ticket to one of his shows. Tour dates have been announced on his Facebook page, with stops scattered throughout the Midwest, New England, and along the East Coast. The tour kickoff is set for April 14 at Milwaukee’s Shank Hall, and the last date on the schedule is May 28 in Amagansett, New York.

Although this is Sutherland’s first album, he worked with Ironworks from 2002, when he started it with singer-songwriter Jude Cole, to 2009, when he reportedly left. According to Rolling Stone, Sutherland played two of his songs for Cole in 2015, leading to the creation of the LP.

No release date for Down in a Hole has been announced yet, but the album is expected to drop this summer. The track listing is also forthcoming.