Hugh Laurie of ‘House’ renown releases debut blues album 

Look, we never promised you that every last one of these news items would make rational sense, OK?

So don’t look so shocked when we report this one — “House” misanthrope Hugh Laurie (Yes, no joke, we mean that Hugh Laurie) has just recorded his debut blues album, the ironically dubbed “Let Them Talk” for Warner Brothers, which streets on Sept. 6.

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But (and they all say this, don’t they?) the actor is serious about this new musical side of him.

“I love this music as authentically as I know how, and I want you to love it, too,” he’s humbly stated to any skeptics. “If you get a thousandth of the pleasure from it that I’ve had, then we’re ahead of the game.”

But Laurie — on piano and vocals — does dig deeply into blues history on this Joe Henry-produced debut.

He covers Professor Longhair’s “Tipitina,” “Blind Blake’s “Police Dog Blues” and Louis Armstrong’s classic “Saint James Infirmary.” Allen Toussaint his bad self provides all horn arrangements; Dr. John pops up on “After You’ve Gone”; Irma Thomas chimes in on “John Henry”; and both Thomas and Tom Jones guest star on “Baby, Please Make A Change.” The album was recorded in Los Angeles and, of course, New Orleans.

Give Laurie a chance or risk getting cane-thwacked upside your head!

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