Why Kiefer Sutherland Waited to Record His Second Album

The actor and singer takes us inside the deluxe edition of his latest LP

September 26, 2019

Kiefer Sutherland dropped by the RADIO.COM Theater to talk with Kelly Ford about his Reckless & Me deluxe edition re-release, set for September 27.

Along with the original album released earlier this year, the new version includes a full live performance, recorded live in Berlin, Germany at the yearly music festival, Berlin Live. Sutherland tells us he loves the band he plays with, which is why he wanted to give people a chance to hear what a live show is really like.

Kiefer worked with Jude Cole on this album, as well as his first release, Down in a Hole.

The actor/musician's first record was not really intentional, he says. Instead, it was a bunch of songs he wrote intending to have other artists record. The second album, however, was made on purpose and written with the intention of bringing the songs on tour. "Often people ask why it took me so long to make another record," says Kiefer. "It took me to this point in my life where I felt like I had something to say as a songwriter, as a player, as a singer... so yeah it took me a while... the songs mattered a great deal to me on the second record."

It's no secret that Kiefer has had an incredible 35-year acting career, starring in TV shows such as 24 and Designated Survivor, as well as in movies such as Young Guns and The Lost Boys. He admits that what he loves most about acting is getting together with a director, cinematographer, and group of actors to figure out the best way to tell a story. To him, music is the same, except now he's working with a band to best tell stories that are super personal to him. He jokes that he's always loved how Country music can be boiled down to "three chords and the truth."

One of the most personal songs for him is "Song For A Daughter," which actually wasn't written with the intent of being released. He wrote it for his daughter to leave her something that would be there long after he was to tell her how much he loves her. Once his daughter heard it, she smiled and said, "You want to put it on the record, don't you? If you want to put it on the record you can," which he was immensely grateful for. 

Did you know Kiefer used to be a team roper in the rodeo? Apparently, Reckless was a horse that Keifer had in the 90s. Halfway through writing the title track for the album, he couldn't tell if he was writing about Reckless the horse, or the reckless part of him that has gotten him in trouble more than a few times. "I love the double entendre," he says. "It's a little of both. It's was about this reckless part of myself that I can never get rid of of, it's just with me, and then the literal part of going from town to town, rodeoing in one of the great times in my life."

Before the end of the year, Kiefer is doing tour dates across Europe, and shooting a film in the middle of November with Stephen Hopkins, whom he worked with on the first season on 24. The project is an adaption of the film The Fugitive and is, according to Kiefer, "one of the best scripts I've read in a very, very long time!"