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Hugh's got the blues: 'House' actor launches music career

23 MARCH 2011

It seems Hugh Laurie's ambition does not rest with conquering the acting world.

The 51-year-old is putting aside his hugely successful role on House to focus on launching his career as a blues musician.

The Golden Globe winner made his debut performance on Wednesday night at an intimate venue in New Orleans, to promote his upcoming album Let Them Talk.

 

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And there to support the star was a small hand-selected audience including his life-long friend and writing partner Stephen Fry.

When questioned over his choice to hold the debut show in Louisiana,  Hugh - who is renowned for his role as Dr Gregory House - said: "In my imagination New Orleans just straight hummed with music, romance, joy, despair.

"Its rhythms got into my gawky English frame and, at times, made me so happy and sad, I just didn't know what to do with myself."

The classically trained musician added: "I love this music as authentically as I know how."

 

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It seems Hugh might be anticipating negative feedback about his new endeavour, though. He said: "I was not born in Alabama in the 1890s. 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."

"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."

The much-awaited album will be released on May 9.

 

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