Pictured (l-r) at Ocean Way Recording:
Ryan Freeland, Hugh Laurie, Joe Henry.
Photo by David Goggin.Hollywood, CA (September 8, 2010)--British actor and musician Hugh Laurie, star of the TV series House, is at Ocean Way in Hollywood recording an album of New Orleans blues.
Laurie has teamed up with producer Joe Henry, known for his 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," he stated.
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.
The as-yet-untitled new album features guest artists such as David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and steel guitar aficionado Greg Leisz. Laurie 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.
Ocean Way Recording