Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor, and performer Hugh Laurie, has announced that he will hit the road for a U.S. tour in October performing in theaters across the country in support of his new album, Didn’t it Rain which will be released in the U.S. on Aug 6th.
Laurie will be joined by The Copper Bottom Band, which is David Piltch (bass), Vincent Henry (horns), Elizabeth Lea (trombone), Jean McClain (vocals), and Gaby Moreno (vocals) – and is completed byHerman Matthews (drums) and Mark Goldenberg (guitars).
Didn’t It Rain is Laurie’s second album and the follow-up to his celebrated 2011 debut album Let Them Talk, was a New Orleans blues driven celebration that included guest vocals from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Tom Jones. For Didn’t It Rain, Laurie follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It includes songs dating back to early pioneers W.C. Handy (“St Louis Blues”)and Jelly Roll Morton (“I Hate A Man Like You”) to more recent artists such as Dr. John (“Wild Honey”) and Alan Price of The Animals (“Changes”). Produced by Let Them Talk producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg), Didn’t It Rain was recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January of this year.
On Aug 3rd, PBS will air “Live On The Queen Mary,” an intimate live performance by Laurie with the incomparable Copper Bottom Band filmed — as the title indicates — aboard the historical Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. The special includes songs from both Didn’t It Rain and Let Them Talk, along with the hilarious and charming repartee that only Laurie can deliver. It’s a great night of viewing so check your PBS listings for details. Click here to catch a glimpse.