Hugh Laurie experiments with the music business

With this upcoming season of “House, MD” looking to be the final chapter of Gregory House’s career as the brash, ball-busting and bitter brilliant doctor in New Jersey, actor Hugh Laurie needs to find something to do in his new off season.

His character has expressed musical talents all throughout the show’s eight seasons. so why not see Laurie take his hand in the music industry. In his debut album, “Let Them Talk,” Laurie tributes the style of New Orleans blues and may be finding himself a niche in the music industry.

Laurie, famous for turning his usual British accent into an American accent, uses those talents in his singing voice. He’s so used to showing pain in his voice from the left leg injury his character sports on the show that the soulful, genuine pain in his voice can be heard so easily on each of the album’s 15 tracks.

“Let Them Talk” was released on May 9 and completely fell under my radar, which is why today was my first listen of the album. Better late than never, I guess.

The album is produced by Joe Henry and features a strong supporting lineup: David Piltch on upright bass; Kevin Breit on guitar, dobro, and mandolin; Patrick Warren on organ, Chamberlin and accordion; and Jay Bellerose on drums/percussion. Allen Toussaint directs the horn section, which is prominent throughout the album. The Backup vocalists include Jean McClain and Gennine Jackson-Francis.

The first track off his debut album, “Saint James Infirmary” featured some beautiful playing on the keys by Laurie that showcase his individual talents before the band kicked in and he took on a Cab Calloway type sound that resembled “Minnie the Moocher” from the block buster movie “Blues Brothers.”

Standing out early to me was the third track, “Six Cold Feet.” It features a very nice horn solo by a performer whose name I couldn’t locate unfortunately.

“Battle of Jericho,” the fifth track, had another sexy swing to it, featuring some of the other obscure instruments such as Patrick Warren on the accordion as well as the use of the violin by another unknown musician. The seventh track, “Swanee River” is another fun jam that features the band’s ability to feed off one another and create some amazing music.

The album also features some guest spots such as Dr. John on “After You’ve Gone,” Irma Thomas on “John Henry,” and Tom Jones and Thomas on “Baby, Please Make A Change.”


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