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