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August 22, 2012

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House in the House, Hugh Laurie visits Chicago Music Exchange

Hugh Laurie, aka, Dr. House, is obsessed with the blues. His post-"Dr. House" life has been dedicated to the music of the American south. He's been traveling the south on a pilgrimage to New Orleans working on recording the songs that have inspired him for as long as he can remember and now touring to support this new act in his life. Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band paid us a visit this weekend after a week in town and a performance at Park West with his touring Copper Bottom Band.

His new life is best explained by Hugh Laurie himself:

"I was not born in Alabama in the 1890s. You may as well know this now. I’ve never eaten grits, cropped a share, or ridden a boxcar. No gypsy woman said anything to my mother when I was born and there’s no hellhound on my trail, as far as I can judge. Let this record show that I am a white, middle-class Englishman, openly trespassing on the music and myth of the American south. " "And then one day a song came on the radio – I’m pretty sure it was I Can’t Quit You Baby by Willie Dixon – and my whole life changed. A wormhole opened between the minor and major third, and I stepped through into Wonderland. Since then, the blues have made me laugh, weep, dance… well, this is a family record, and I can’t tell you all the things the blues can make me do".

Find out more about Hugh Laurie's "Let Them Talk" on Watch an introduction to "Let Them Talk":

Hugh Laurie talks about his pilgrimage to NOLA:

Hugh Laurie performing Swanee River:

Chrissy Hansen
Chrissy Hansen