March 23, 2011 8:13

'House' star Hugh Laurie's blues album 'Let Them Talk' out in May

Tom Jones and Dr John feature on the record

'House' star Hugh Laurie's blues album 'Let Them Talk' out in May

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House star Hugh Laurie's blues album 'Let Them Talk' has been given a release date of May 9.

The Brit actor recorded the album at the Ocean Way studios in Los Angeles last year. He enlisted guests including Tom Jones, Dr. John and Irma Thomas to help out.

It was produced by singer/songwriter Joe Henry, reports The Guardian. Covers on the record include a version of US blues staple 'St James Infirmary'.

Laurie tackles lead vocals, piano and guitar on the album – and has admitted that he might come in for some stick for billing himself as a bluesman now.

"I was not born in Alabama in the 1890s," he acknowledged. "I've never eaten grits, cropped a share, or ridden a boxcar. I am a white, middle-class Englishman, openly trespassing on the music and myth of the American South."

He added: "If that weren't bad enough, I'm also an actor: one of those pampered ninnies who can't find his way through an airport without a babysitter."

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