MP3 of the Day (and more!) #315: Hugh Laurie

By on Thursday, 24th March 2011 at 10:00 am

This is definitely unusual for TGTF, just saying this ahead of time. You know him for his roles in Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster. And apparently he is the highest paid actor in an American television program for his leading role in medical drama House. But this spring Hugh Laurie will be stepping out in fine fashion, releasing a New Orleans blues-style album of covers called ‘Let Them Talk’ on the 9th of May.

Yesterday, Laurie played his first live gig to promote the album and a small number of headlining shows in Britain (including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on 2 May and London’s Union Chapel on 4 May). The gig was streamed live on the Guardian’s Web site and we’ve been told the performance will be back online Friday here if you’d like to watch it then. In the meantime, you can listen to and grab the track ‘Guess I’m a Fool’ (originally by famed American blues singer and pianist Memphis Slim) for free from the widget below. Also below is a trailer for the album where Laurie talks about his inspirations for the new project.

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