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Editors’ Notes

The multitalented Hugh Laurie recorded these New Orleans blues standards with legends Dr. John, Irma Thomas, and Allen Toussaint, and he sounds like he’s been playing this music his entire life. His piano performance on an opening cover of “St James Infirmary” balances fiery soul and cool restraint. His singing is even more impressive—while confidently crooning like he was born on a bayou, Laurie never upstages the accompaniment. A rollicking rendition of “You Don’t Know My Mind” follows: percussion bangs and clangs like a Louisiana boiler room as Thomas harmonizes with Laurie as if they’ve been playing for years. He turns “Six Cold Feet” into a smoldering dirge where slide guitars waltz with saucy saxophone solos. Dr. John’s unmistakable drawl accompanies Laurie’s piano on “After You’ve Gone”; this version is trimmed with tasteful clarinet parts. Sir Tom Jones duets with Thomas on “Baby Please Make a Change.” Toussaint’s horn arrangements on the bonus track “Ain’t Necessarily So” provide a hauntingly brassy backdrop.

Customer Reviews

its great

HOLY HELL! I did not know that THE Huge Laurie could play like this! if you appreciate real music get this

Wow

This album is freaking incredible. Just awesome

Great Album!

This is a great Blues Album! Hugh Laurie is so talented! Can't stop listening to this CD! Love the song St. James Infirmary, You don't know my mind, Battle of jericho is great, so is Swanee river and so is the song Tipitina! Good job Hugh and your band is also excellent! Also this CD is extremely well recorded! Thanks hugh for taking a break from your house character and recording this CD!

Biography

Born: June 11, 1959 in Oxford, England

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A household name in both the U.K. and U.S. thanks to his long-standing 30-year comedy career and more recent starring role in medical drama House, multi-talented Hugh Laurie is also lesser-known as a versatile and accomplished self-taught musician. Born James Hugh Calum Laurie, in Oxford, 1959, he was raised in the Scottish Presbyterian Church before attending prestigious Eton College and later Cambridge University, where he graduated with a degree in archaeology and social anthropology. During his...
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