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Hugh Laurie is currently in the midst of a world tour in support of his critically acclaimed debut album Let Them Talkand will return to the States for a run of Eastern U.S. dates in August and September. Laurie kicked off his world tour last month with a heralded West Coast tour where he wowed audiences with his takes on New Orleans Blues classics as heard on the album, while also dipping into some other gems from the American Blues songbook. The 19 date tour launches August 17 in Iowa City and includes stops in Chicago, Boston, and New York City before concluding on September 12 in Morristown, NJ. Laurie will be featured on vocals and piano and will once again be joined onstage by The Copper Bottom Band, featuring a cast of renowned musicians including Jay Bellerose (drums), Kevin Breit (guitars), Vincent Henry (horns), Jean McClain (backing vocals), David Piltch (bass), and Patrick Warren (keyboard/accordion).

Let Them Talk was released last year to the delight of fans and critics alike, spending 12 weeks atop the Billboard Blues Albums chart and achieving gold certification in the U.K. The album, produced by Joe Henry, features Laurie performing a very personal selection of standards and lost blues classics originally recorded by New Orleans blues legends such as Lead Belly, Robert Johnson, and Memphis Slim. A CD/DVD Special Edition of the album was recently released exclusively at featuring four previously unreleased tracks and a DVD of Laurie’s lauded PBS Great Performances special Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues.

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Let’s say you’ve just completed your eighth and final season as the award-winning star of a beloved television series, and you’re hot enough to handpick your next project as either a highly recognizable dramatic actor or comedy icon. What do you now?

Go play piano in Belarus, of course.

With Hugh Laurie’s final turn as tormented, misanthropic Dr. Gregory House on Fox’s “House” now behind him, the British star is playing New Orleans blues with a crack ensemble on a West Coast tour of the U.S., followed by shows in South America and Eastern and Western Europe.

Laurie appears in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall on Monday.

Laurie has played music both on “House” and “Saturday Night Live.” But last year he released a full album, “Let Them Talk,” devoted to his lifelong passion for American blues and collaborating with such Big Easy legends as Irma Thomas, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint.

On May 25th, three days into his tour, Laurie stole some time from for an email chat.

Q: What is a world without “House” like for you?

A: All kinds of things seem strange and unfamiliar to me now. Sleeping past 4 a.m. is one of them. I wake up in a panic thinking I’ve missed something. It feels like an older part of my life, but also a new and exciting part that I never properly unwrapped before.

Q: A music tour is certainly different.

A: I am like a baby bird: big eyes, open mouth. I have nothing to compare any of this with yet. We’ve only done three shows so far — and I think they’ve gone really well — but it’s going to be interesting to see how things change over time and from place to place. The only thing I know for sure is that I am playing with some of the best musicians anyone will hear anywhere.

Q: When did the blues come into your life?

A: I somehow knew American blues existed before I even heard it. It was like uncovering something I always knew was there. It’s so hard to sum up in words what this music does to me — which is why music exists in the first place, I suppose. But it just reached out and grabbed me by the throat and hasn’t let go. (“Throat” wasn’t the first word I typed there.) I’ve played a little with others but not nearly as much as I wanted to. There is no feeling like it.

Q: “Let Them Talk” comes across as a personal journey through the blues. How did you draw the caliber of musicians playing with you? And could you say a word or two about Irma Thomas, one of our underappreciated greats?

A: The record had to be an expression of something I truly loved. How else could I expect anyone else to love it?

I suppose all these people, in the first instance, were responding to Joe Henry, the producer of the record. He has a very considerable reputation. They realized the album was a serious effort.

Irma Thomas is not underappreciated by me, I can tell you. She makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. She’s also an incredibly beautiful and graceful woman. And funny, too. So is Mac Rebennack [Dr. John]. Funny, I mean. Not a beautiful woman.

Q: What should the audience expect to see and hear in Benaroya Hall?

A: They’ll see me in a nice suit with shiny shoes. And behind me, a collection of some of the finest musicians in the world. They will hear playing of a kind they may never hear anywhere else.

Q: Word is you’ll soon be collaborating with your comedy partner Stephen Fry ["A Bit of Fry and Laurie"] again.

A: Stephen and I will always be together in some way. He is my dearest friend in the world and also brilliant. I believe I may not be the first to observe that.

Q: What’s it going to be like playing in Kiev, Minsk and Moscow?

A: This is going to be an adventure in all kinds of different ways. I hope to come back with some great and exotic luggage labels, and cracking good stories.


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Hugh Laurie is not coming to Turlock Community Theatre on May 26 to talk about “House,” the Fox TV series he starred in for eight seasons.

The 52-year-old Englishman is going to sing and play the piano and promote his new album, “Let Them Talk,” a loving tribute to his favorite music — New Orleans blues. The album features his interpretations of the songs of Lead Belly, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles and Memphis Slim.

In an e-mail interview, Laurie joked that people who attend the show can expect “color, movement and fine tailoring.” He added, “There will be no puppetry but plenty of songs from the phenomenal Copper Bottom Band.”

A perfectionist about his acting, Laurie said he views music as a release, but still tries to put on as good a show as he can. He said he is extremely proud of his album, which features guest appearances by singer Tom Jones and multi-instrumentalist and producer Allen Toussaint.

“I don’t have any favorite tracks,” Laurie said. “They’re all my children.”

Laurie already has ideas for a second album and would like to begin work on it in the fall. He has more free time now since “House” has wrapped. The two-hour series finale airs Monday. “No acting plans yet,” he said. “I’m just so happy to be making music. I hope the audience will be happy, too.”

Laurie gained legions of fans with his TV portrayal of Dr. Gregory House, the Sherlock Holmes of physicians. Week after week on the hit Fox series, House saves patients from mystifying, usually life-threatening, diseases. His performance earned him two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Emmy nominations.

Laurie wrote in a recent guest column for Entertainment Weekly that he worked hard on the character: “I frothed and fretted over every detail, every line, every moment. Driving home in the small hours, I pounded the steering wheel as I replayed mistakes in my mind. I tossed and turned every night, plotting the next day’s maneuvers, until I reached moments of near-madness — some would say nearer than near — because I loved House with all my heart and loved the other characters and the world in which they lived, just as much.”

The actor is well aware that some may view his foray into music with skepticism and he addresses that directly with humor on his music Web site: “I was not born in Alabama in the 1890s. You may as well know this now. I have never eaten grits, cropped a share or ridden a boxcar. No gypsy woman said anything to my mother when I was born and there’s no hellhound on my trail, as far as I can judge. Let this record show that I am a white middle-class Englishman openly trespassing on the music and myth of the American South.”

Laurie learned to play piano at age 6 and fell in love with the blues as a child when he heard it on the radio. As best as he can recall, the first song he heard was Willie Dixon’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby.”

“Since then, the blues have made me laugh, weep, dance … well, this is a family record and I can’t tell you all the things the blues can make me do,” he said.

Like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and other Brits before him, Laurie was moved by the music and wanted to play it himself.

“I could never bear to see this music confined to a glass cabinet, under the heading culture: Only To Be Handled by Elderly Black Men,” Laurie wrote. “That way lies the grave, for blues and just about everything else: Shakespeare only performed at the Globe, Bach only played by Germans in tights. It’s formaldehyde, and I pray that Lead Belly will never be dead enough to warrant that. “


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Hugh’s concerts in Spain:

Barcelona (July 26th, 21 pm – Teatre Arteria Paral·lel)

Madrid (July 27th, 21 pm – Teatro Circo Circe)

Marbella (Starlite Festival, July 29th, 21:45 pm – Auditorio de Marbella/LaCantera)

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Hugh will play in Madrid next July 27th at the Teatro Circo Price. Stay tuned because more Spanish dates could be added soon.

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Hugh will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno next May 17th as guest and musical guest.

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Hugh will be playing in Carmel (Indiana) next August 22nd (more info here) and he will also be playing in the Montreux next July 9th (more info here)

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Hugh is scheduled to play in Lisbon next July 21st at the Coliseu dos Recreios. Stay tuned for when the tickets are going to be sold!

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Hugh has added a new concert at The Magic Centre in Moscow on June 26th and will be playing in Monte-Carlo next July 24th. More info here.

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It seems Hugh will be playing in 4 German cities: Hamburg, Berlin, Bochum and Frankfurt. More info here.


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