When you’ve occupied as many characters as actor Kiefer Sutherland, you earn a reputation for performance dexterity.
Whether as a leather-draped vampire in “The Lost Boys,” a quick-draw cowboy in “Young Guns” or as indestructible counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer on the long-running television stress test “24,” the grizzled Californian has proved game for the role.
But as country rocker, baring his soul by Stratocaster strings? That’s the latest state of the multitalented Sutherland, who will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den Showroom (310 4th St., Niagara Falls).
Touring with confessional material off his debut album, last summer’s “Down in a Hole,” the Marlboro-voiced artist— currently starring on ABC presidential thriller “Designated Survivor” — has proven impressive while introducing American audiences to another side of his performance expertise.
And as singer, songwriter and guitarist on such personal material as “Can’t Stay Away,” the plaintive “Calling Out Your Name” or the harsh reality of “Not Enough Whiskey,” Sutherland has given contemplative country music fans a surprisingly searing voice to add to their rotation.
Not every world-renown thespian can so easily toggle between playing the president of the United States and strumming Nashville-ready guitar chords. But for Sutherland, it’s just another able transition tied into his more than 30-year career.
Tickets start at $45 (ticketmaster.com).