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From screen to stage: Kiefer Sutherland excited to bring concert tour to Albuquerque

Kiefer Sutherland will stop in Albuquerque to perform his music in the city for the first time. (Courtesy of Beth Elliott)

Kiefer Sutherland has been on tour around the world with his latest album.

There’s one stop on his tour he’s eager to get to – and it’s Albuquerque.

“I’ve released two records, and we’ve never been to the Southwest,” he says. “I don’t know why we never made a stop out that way, but it’s finally happening, and I’m pleased.”

Sutherland and his band are touring in support of his latest album, “Reckless & Me,” released earlier this year.

Sutherland worked on the album for six months with producer and co-writer Jude Cole.

It was recorded at Capitol Studios, which has its own legacy.

“Bing Crosby, The Beatles, Paul McCartney all recorded there,” he says. “It was just as exciting as when I played the Grand Ole Opry.”

The tour makes a stop on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Sunshine Theater in Downtown Albuquerque. New Mexico native Max Gomez will open the show.

“Max has been a good friend for 15 years,” he says. “He’s one of the funniest guys I’ve met, and I asked him to open for me during this run in the Southwest.”

Sutherland is well known for his work in TV and film.

Music is a medium he’s found that showcases his true self.

Kiefer Sutherland is touring in support of his sophomore release “Reckless Me.” (Courtesy of Mumpi Kuenster)

“The biggest difference is the separation of self and character,” Sutherland says of music versus film and TV. “I play a character on TV and film, and that’s what people enjoyed. It’s always an honor. With music, audiences get to see the real me. This is why I love writing the songs.”

In fact, the song “Saskatchewan” was written about his mother, and “Song for a Daughter” is for his daughter.

“To be able to perform the songs, it’s that much more personal,” he says. “It leaves a very cathartic experience for me. I’ve been so lucky in my life with opportunities.”

Sutherland is also looking forward to getting back to New Mexico.

He’s filmed movies here. He also spent time training in the 1990s with rodeo champ and New Mexico native John English. The pair won first place in the 1998 U.S. Team Roping Championships.

Sutherland says Albuquerque has played an important role in his life.

“I spent time in Albuquerque, and it was one of the places I started to listen to country, Americana, Southern rock through the early 1990s,” he says. “I was exposed to all of that. I find it odd that it’s still one of the places that I’ve always wanted to play. It’s like coming full circle.”

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