Pictured (L-R) at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood are recording engineer Ryan Freeland,
“House” Star Works with Top Musicians on New Orleans Blues Project
British actor/musician Hugh Laurie is recording an album of New Orleans Blues at Ocean Way in Hollywood. The star of the TV series “House,” is teaming up with producer Joe Henry, known for his fine work with artists such as Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco and Loudon Wainwright III. Audio engineer Ryan Freeland is tracking the album.
Laurie has been quoted as saying he was “drunk with excitement” after signing his album deal with Warner Music Entertainment. “I am particularly thrilled to be working with Joe Henry, who has produced some of my favorite records of all time.”
Laurie, who plays piano, guitar
and blues harp, is known for incorporating his musicianship into his TV work. He often sits in with the all-star charity group Band From TV, and made a guest appearance on the most recent Meat Loaf opus.
Laurie’s as-yet-untitled new album features guest artists such as David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and steel guitar aficionado Greg Leisz. The TV star remarked, “I know the history of actors making music is a checkered one, but I promise no one will get hurt.” The album is slated for release later this year.
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