Making your debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage is both a career-defining and nerve-racking moment for almost every artist who gets the honor. You can add Kiefer Sutherland’s name to that list. After Kiefer stepped onto the famed Grand Ole Opry circle to make his debut on May 31, the Emmy-winning actor, who has more than 90 acting credits to his name, admitted to feeling butterflies.
However, it didn’t take Kiefer long to get his feet under him and knockout his three-song set, which included two songs—“Not Enough Whiskey” and “Shirley Jean”—from his debut country album, Down in a Hole. Kiefer capped his performance with a salute to one of his musical heroes by covering Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down,” a tune that Hag took to No. 3 on the charts in 1966.
Check out Kiefer’s cover of “The Bottle Let Me Down” below, and tune in to ABC on Sept. 21 to see the premiere of Kiefer’s new series, Designated Survivor.