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Actor Kiefer Sutherland Goes Country

Debut album, “Down in a Hole,” set for summertime release.

photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

You might know him best as the terrorist-fighting special agent Jack Bauer on Fox's 24, or maybe as the bully Ace Merrill from Stand by Me, but Keifer Sutherland would like to be thought of as a country musician, too.

This summer, he'll release his debut album, Down in a Hole.

The "folk-tinged" album's 11 tracks were written by Kiefer, who has been involved in music since opening a small record label called Ironworks in 2002. The actor/musician also plans to go on tour, with 26 dates scheduled so far. The trek begins April 14 in Milwaukee, with more dates expected to be announced soon.

"It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary," Kiefer says of his new music. "All of these songs are pulled from my own personal experiences. 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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