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Hugh's got the blues ; PREVIEW Hugh Laurie SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

June 17, 2013

YellowBrix

COMEDY legend turned blues musician Hugh Laurie will be performing at Symphony Hall in Birmingham tomorrow.

Following the release of his second album, Didn't It Rain, the multi-talented musician, famous for his appearances as both one half of comedy duo Fry and Laurie and introverted genius Dr House in the hit US television series, is continuing his foray into the musical world.

The album, which builds on the success of his New Orleans influenced debut, Let Them Talk, is the second collaboration with producer Joe Henry and delves further into the American heartland, taking influences from early blues entrepreneurs including W.C Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Dr John and Animals organist, Alan Price.

"I have resolved to forge on, deeper into the forest of American music that has enchanted me since I was a small boy," explains Laurie. "And the further I go, the more bewitched I become - both by the songs and by the people I have been lucky enough to play them with."

He will be accompanied by members of the Copper Bottom Band, featuring David Pitch on bass, Vincent Henry on horns and Elizabeth Lea on trombone, with vocals from Jean McClain and Gaby Moreno.

Tickets cost from Pounds 32.50. For more information visit www.thsh.co.uk or call 0121 780 4949.

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