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Have a Drink With Kiefer Sutherland

  • May 10, 2017
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Have a Drink With Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland is one of the most talented people on the planet earth. The idea that he can juggle two difficult careers is mind-boggling. The man who plays Jack Bauer is a lot deeper than the characters he portrays by far. While some actors may have careers in music as a hobby, this isn’t that. Kiefer Sutherland is a serious musician and delves deep into his personal pain and bares it all on stage.

The Kiefer Sutherland show at The Urban lounge sold out the Salt Lake City venue. The show started at 8 p.m and by 7 p.m the venue had a huge line that made me wonder if the fire Marshall might shut down this event. Fortunately that didn’t happen and I got to speak with some longtime fans of Kiefer who told me that “he has one of the sexiest voices in music”.

Inside the venue it was standing room only which made the event super intimate. Kiefer Sutherland had an opening act who was talented and when he finished Kiefer’s band came out and set up and then Kiefer came out stroking his fender and singing the song “Can’t Stay Away” from his highly anticipated debut album “Down a Hole”.

Every song was met with thunderous applause from the crowd. Kiefer would sometimes go into stories introducing the songs, for instance on his most personal song “Truth In your Eyes” which almost bought tears to my eyes and was a moving story of a woman he took for granted that passed away. He thanked the crowd and spoke about loving coming to Salt Lake City and had been here previously to film movies.

Kiefer talked about recording the album and coming to his long time collaborator Jude Cole with about 25 songs. The interesting part of that story is that Kiefer because of the stigma of actors trying to be musicians had no interest of recording the songs himself and wanted to shop it around to BMI for other artists. However, because of Jude’s insistence he ended up putting out the album himself.

A lot of the songs draw on Kiefer Sutherland’s love affair with whiskey he mused before his song “Not Enough Whiskey”. He also talked about being influenced by Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. Particularly Johnny Cash who wrote about prison but gave the prisoners “so much dignity” he remarked. Kiefer stated “I’ve never been to prison but I’ve been to jail before, and the first thing they ask you to check is your dignity” speaking openly about his past DUI arrests. He talked about writing the song “Shirley Jean” with Jude which is about a prisoner who is soon to be executed but writes a love letter to the first girl he ever loved because he was so young when he went in.

Kiefer talked about meeting Merle Haggard before he passed away in Bakersfield, Ca and making plans to tour together before the legend passed away. He wrote a song dedicated to him.

Kiefer Sutherland is the real deal and if you love country music in the vein of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard Kiefer is carrying on that tradition in a contemporary way. He has an awesome band, plays the Fender well and his voice is pretty good. Where Kiefer shines the most is in his songwriting ability. He writes songs that are universally relatable and deal with the concepts of loss, why we drink when we know it’s not good for us, and of course love. He still has some US tour dates left before heading overseas and I would highly recommend seeing his show live. Check out more of Kiefer Sutherland on his website:










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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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