No folking way: Kiefer Sutherland to release debut album

Is this going to be Jack Bauer's musical power hour?

24 hour rocker Sutherland is swapping toy guns for guitars. Image Fox

Kiefer Sutherland has shocked 24 fans everywhere by announcing plans for a debut folk album and accompanying tour.

The actor, who most recently featured in a memorable cameo for Zoolander 2, is set to release his debut LP Down In The Hole this month.

Quite what fans can expect from the 11-track recording is anyone’s guess but Sutherland evidently relished the process as an opportunity to bare his soul.

“It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary. 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,” he said, sounding a bit like David Brent from The Office in the process.

Sutherland is supporting the release of the album with a 26-city concert tour and, despite being best known for his dealings with fictional terrorists as Jack Bauer, the veteran actor is looking forward to taking on a different challenge.

“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,” he said.

Down In The Hole Kiefer Sutherland's band in action .

Sutherland’s passion for music dates back to 2002 when he founded the Ironworks record label alongside singer-songwriter Jude Cole.

Set up to help aspiring musicians record and release music, Sutherland will now be hoping to find an audience in the way actors such as Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and, er, Hugh Laurie have before him.

Willis, in particular, enjoyed all-too-brief foray into the world of music, starting with the 1987 release of his debut album The Return Of Bruno – the name of his fictional, music-based alter-ego. This is not a joke.

A strange and eclectic mix of Motown-inspired R&B, the album peaked at just no.14 on the US Billboard 200 and was followed up with two similarly poorly-received LPs.

However, he fared slightly better in the UK, where his cover of Under The Boardwalk reached no 2 on the singles chart and was ranked as the 12th best-selling single of 1987.

Having gained plenty of additional fans after starring the London-based 24: Live Another Day, Sutherland may want to consider some kind of UK university tour himself.

It worked for Dr Karl Kennedy from Neighbours so why not Kiefer?

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