The other Keef, onstage and off Credit: Kiefer Sutherland, WMG; Wien Music Publishing
The other Keef, onstage and off
Credit: Kiefer Sutherland, WMG; Wien Music Publishing

The cowboy way: Kiefer Sutherland stocks up on whiskey

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You can’t accuse Kiefer Sutherland of being all hat and no cattle. Whiskey in tow, the Canadian actor, singer and guitarist is touring with his country-rock band to support Reckless & Me, his latest album. 

Sutherland’s first release, 2016’s Down in a Hole, features the old-school breakup number “Not Enough Whiskey.” With his baritone rasp, the 24 and Designated Survivor star keeps it real depressing: “Steady hands start to shake for the hurt you can’t take/’Cause it’s done, she is gone, long gone.” We get the picture. 

Going back to the well

Sutherland comes by his C&W persona honestly, having been a rancher and lasso whiz. To match those down-home skills, he’s no whiskey snob. During an interview with Daily Beast at the Bourbon & Beyond festival in Louisville a couple of years ago, Sutherland revealed that his go-to dram is J&B blended Scotch. “It was the old well whiskey in the ’70s and ’80s and I just got used to it,” he told Noah Rothbaum, who asked if fellow band members ever gave him grief. 

“No, because they always run out of their [liquor] and they’ve got to come to me because it’s my bus and I have a bigger stash,” replied Sutherland, also noting that he likes to toast the audience with a glass of whiskey. “They know not to talk shit about it.”🥃 

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