Kiefer Sutherland’s authoritative presence lends itself well to playing characters like 24‘s beleaguered Jack Bauer, a trait he puts to use as the President-by-default in ABC’s new drama Designated Survivor. Sutherland recently visited The View to discuss the show as well as the acting career of his daughter Sarah (who plays Catherine Meyer on HBO’s Veep) and discuss his musical side project.
Sutherland notes his wariness about being an actor who decides to play music and how that often turns out, but says his friend Jude Cole ultimately convinced him to release his recordings as an album. The result is Down in a Hole, which mixes classic country storytelling with folk influences and a little rock & roll edge. “It ended up being one of the great creative experiences of my life,” Sutherland tells the hosts.
Around the 4:00 mark of the clip above, Sutherland performs the song “Calling Out Your Name,” flanked by an acoustic guitar player and supported by a trio of backup singers. It’s a downcast number about loss and bears a trace of David Bowie’s early, folk-influenced songs in its musical DNA. “We will never be the same,” he repeats at the end of each verse, as if he comprehends the truth, but can’t stop himself from reaching out for someone who’s no longer there.
Sutherland made his Grand Ole Opry debut earlier in 2016 and, while his TV obligations tend to keep him from touring regularly, he does have a pair of shows in Hartford and Norfolk, Connecticut on September 30th and October 1st. Designated Survivor airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.