HOUSE STAR SINGS BLUES IN BRISBANE
Hugh Laurie will swap his acting chops for his skills as a blues musician when he arrives in Brisbane this weekend for the final leg of his Australian tour.
The actor, writer, musician and composer will be joined on stage by his band, the Copper Bottom Band.
Laurie performs an eclectic mix of blues, tango, southern and South American music, delivered with his inimitable, sharp British humour.
The star of the US medical drama House says he’s a big fan of Australia.
“The last time I was there was 1981, in a comedy show, and the world has changed a lot since then. I haven’t though. I’m exactly the same. It’s uncanny,” he says.
“Obviously, I’ll be hoping to restore some national pride after the Ashes. If anyone throws anything at me, I’ll lob up an easy catch to the balcony.’’
The British actor and comedian teamed up with the Copper Bottom Band to release his debut album Let Them Talk in 2011 and a follow-up, Didn’t It
Rain, last year.
Didn’t It Rain reflects a breadth of generations, including songs dating back to early pioneers W C Handy ( St
Louis Blues) and Jelly Roll Morton ( I Hate A Man Like You).
It also features contemporary artists Dr John ( Wild Honey) and Alan Price of The Animals ( Changes), and vocal performances from Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno and soul singer Jean McClain.