Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band
Weird, but wonderful.
Actor Hugh Laurie is an Englishman who got famous playing a misanthropic American doctor on the television show House. In the show, the only clue to Laurie’s true nature is a piano in the corner and several vintage guitars hanging on the wall. Laurie, it turns out, is an accomplished musician whose lifelong love of the blues led him to record an album of blues covers, Let Them Talk. When it was released last year in England, the album rose to No. 2 on the charts. Only Adele prevented it from being No. 1.
Record-store remainder bins are filled with albums by celebrities with a yen to sing and the dough to hire a professional band. So Laurie deserves some credit for playing both piano and guitar on his album, and for singing most of the lead vocals—in an American accent, no less. In concert, Laurie is reportedly gregarious and clever (he started his career in a comedy troupe), and he sings the New Orleans–style blues he loves so much with genuine passion and conviction. He spent the summer touring Europe and South America (where the album hit No. 1 in Argentina).
Aug. 18., Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-455-9500