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Hugh Laurie in the house at 666
From Blackadder to blues man, Hugh Laurie is pursuing his first love; music
"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," Hugh Laurie admits in his notes to his album Let Them Talk.
The English actor - most recognisable from Blackadder or House, depending on which continent you were raised in - has taken on jazz and blues with aplomb.
Let Them Talk is Laurie’s debut album, which he released with the Copper Bottom Band in 2011. His follow-up, Didn’t It Rain, came out two years later.
Laurie dropped by the 666 Canberra studios during his Australian tour to talk with Alex Sloan about songwriting, family and his love of blues.
Music is one of Laurie’s first passions, and he says he still gets a thrill from performing in front of a crowd.
“There are moments in [my] show where I’m actually shivering, and that’s something I have to hide from the audience,” he told Alex. “They’re probably thinking, ‘is he alright? Is he having a fit?’”
Didn’t It Rain features Laurie’s gritty vocal covers of U.S. blues classics, like ‘The St. Louise Blues’, ‘Careless Love’ and ‘One For My Baby’.
“I wanted the second album to feel as though we were getting closer to the neon lights, to the hum of the city,” Laurie said. “There was something about this that came from the same place [as the first album], but spoke of a more urban and urbane mood.”
While Laurie acknowledges he’s “openly trespassing” on U.S. jazz and blues, he says has a direct affinity with the genre.
“It’s just the music that spoke to me … right from the word go. I never really got into pop music; I don’t know much about it and didn’t listen to much of it. Bessie Smith was more present to me in life than Beyonce,” he told Alex. “No disrespect, obviously, to the great and wonderful and glorious Beyonce,” he joked.
Laurie disputes the idea that you have to have lived experience to appreciate the music that surrounds it.
“These are standards we don’t apply to opera,” he said. “We don’t say you have to be German to play Beethoven. We say this is high art and high art belongs to the world. In my mind, blues and jazz music is high art. This is one of the greatest gifts America gave to the world and the world ought to be damn grateful - I think everybody’s now allowed to say it belongs to the world.”
Hugh Laurie declared himself a fan of the choripan
The actor and singer told in its Twitter that the choripán seemed sensational to him
Actor Hugh Laurie is in our country to delight its fanatics in Big Rex with its facet like musician along with Copper Bottom Band. In its free time not only it gave autographs but also he enjoyed the delicacies of the Argentine meal.
To such a point that the protagonist of Dr. House declared himself a fanatic of our meat, especially of the choripan. In its Twitter account, expressed its experience tasting one of the outstanding figures of the roasts. “Sensational, it is possible to feel since the arteries close”, he wrote.
The star of Hollywood maintained a hand to hand with Mario Pergolini in its radio program for Vorterix. When it went out of the establishments of the broadcasting station, pictures were taken with several fanatics and he signed autographs.
This weekend Hugh will present before himself with its music before a multitude of followers who it will go to see Big Rex.
For Carlos Iogna Prat
On Friday of rain in Buenos Aires. Hugh Laurie is very comfortable sat, on a big armchair, in a picturesque room in a hotel located in Recluse. It has been three hours since it came to the country and it is prepared for a blurred evening. They wait for him several hours attending to the press. It is very calm and of much good mood. A good symptom.
On having seen it, it is impossible not to relate it to the Doctor’s personage House, protagonist of a popular series in which a doctor solves illnesses of different patients with slightly conventional skills. But in its extract the actor but also the musician does not live only especially interested in the roots of the blues.
This Saturday and Sunday, Laurie will face the Argentine public again along with its out-standing group, The Copper Bottom Band, in Big Rex. Many people remember its presentation in the Moon Park, in the frame of the tour along its disc Let them talk.
In this opportunity, Hugh Laurie will present its últimaproducción, Didn’t it rain, where versiona pioneers’ songs of the blues.
Laurie is recognized a little strangely, an Englishman that he does not like drinking tea. He prefers a cup of coffee that it digests in small gulps. He congratulates us for having an Argentine Pope but he admits that he is not a practicing Christian. “My religion is the music”, he emphasized.
Throughout the evening, he speaks about different topics: its work with the Argentine director Juan José Campanella, its passion for the soccer (“I Am grateful to the Argentina for be giving to Messi”) and its desire from which the World cup comes, although he admits that he does not know who can go so far as to gain it. “If querés we speak in a time, I can change opinion” is recognized by him with irony. And one is a pleasure of speaking on the kindness of the Argentine meal and emphasizes the flavor of a choripán.
At 3:58min talks Hugh Laurie with the Queen (funny)
Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cambridge have been treated to performances by Dame Helen Mirren, students from the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts, and a brief speech from Sir David Attenborough. Kate and the Queen then met House actor Hugh Laurie as well as a host of famous faces in a Buckingham Palace reception.
Made a mistake about the article with Hugh Laurie.Emma Thompson was not there,sorry.I was reading Gemma Arterton instead of Emma.Sorry I am sick since two days and I have to blame my sickness ;)
Hugh Laurie,Stephen Fry…. … full of stars at Kate Middleton and Elizabeth II
When Kate Middleton does not mind her son George and his recent godson (she became the godmother of the son of a friend from the University of St Andrews), it must attend to his obligations princess. And some may be more fun than others.Monday, February 17, it was alongside the Queen Elizabeth II as the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed in Buckingham Palace, a host of stars at a reception devoted to the dramatic arts. For the occasion, she was wearing a red dress very chic signed Alexander McQueen already brought in 2012 at the Jubilee of the Queen.A fun evening where Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren joked with the young mother 32 years before going to greet the Queen. Helen Mirren even played an excerpt from The Tempest by William Shakespeare before it. For its part, the sovereign of England had a drink with Stephen Fry and Joan Collins after being greeted by Steve McQueen , Harvey Weinstein , Gemma Arterton , Hugh Laurie , Alan Rickman , Angela Lansbury , or Roger Moore . Uma Thurman and Helena Bonham Carter have even offered the pleasure of making his bow.
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