Kiefer Sutherland On Performing At The Calgary Stampede: ‘As A Canadian Kid You Dream Of Stuff Like This’

Kiefer Sutherland is saddling up for the 2019 Calgary Stampede.

On Monday, ET Canada’s Carlos Bustamante caught up with the 52-year-old Canadian actor and singer-songwriter, who opened up about headlining the Nashville North Stage with music from his second album, Reckless & Me.

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“To be able to come back here and play to this crowd, especially the kind of music I play, kind of country rock, it’s an honour,” he explains. “As a Canadian kid you dream of stuff like this. I think my first dream was to rodeo, but playing here is going to suffice just fine.”

Revealing that he “rodeoed for 10 years through the ’90s” as a team roper in the United States Team Roping Championships, Sutherland says the Calgary Stampede, in particular, is “one of the greatest rodeos in the world.”

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Meanwhile, when it comes to stepping off screen and onto the stage, the actor explains, “It’s a very different experience when you’re making a film or a television show. There is no direct contact with the audience.”

He continues, “And so this is a way for me to kind of have a very personal experience with people who have supported me for 30 years and it’s been one of the most moving experiences of my life.”

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Sutherland adds that music has been a part of his life since an early age, revealing that his mother started him on the violin at the age of 4 and on the guitar at age 10.

He recalls, “Even when doing a show like ’24’, a lot of these songs were written during that period. When they were setting up shots or working out a stunt sequence, I just go into the trailer and play and write some stuff down. It’s just kind of been the best friend that’s never left me.”

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