Hugh Laurie with The Copper Bottom Band
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May 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The multi-talented Hugh Laurie has had an exceptional career as an actor, producer, writer, musician and composer and is returning to The Uptown Theatre on Memorial Day, May 26th by popular demand. Hugh is arguably best known internationally for his performance in the FOX series, House which ran for eight seasons. The innovative and uncompromising series featured Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, an antisocial and brutally honest doctor who combines an unconventional approach to his cases with flawless instincts. His performance has garnered him two Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and six Emmy Award nominations.
Hugh Laurie who has played the piano for most of his life, is predominantly self-taught and has gone on to have an incredibly successful music career. In 2011, he released a New Orleans Blues album ‘Let Them Talk’ which was distributed worldwide by Warner Bros Records. The album was produced by two time Grammy award winner Joe Henry and features both musical and vocal collaborations. ‘Let Them Talk’ has become a true global hit landing Top 10 chart positions in nine markets as well as Top 40 chart positions in a further eleven. To date, the album has peaked at #16 on the US Billboard album chart and has topped the Billboard blues album chart since it was debuted.
After the huge success of ‘Let Them Talk,’ Hugh Laurie released his second album ‘Didn’t It Rain’ in May of 2013 with Warner Music Entertainment. Recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles, ‘Didn’t It Rain’ sees Hugh Laurie depart the sounds of New Orleans as he follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. Complemented with the heart and accomplishment of his supporting musicians of the Copper Bottom Band – Jay Bellerose, Kevin Breit, Vincent Henry, Greg Leisz, Robby Marshall, David Piltch and Patrick Warren with Elizabeth Lea and Larry Goldings – the album also features several lead vocal performances from Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and soul singer Jean McClain who has previously worked with artists as varied as Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow. The album also highlights a very special guest in the shape of the Grammy-winning blues artist Taj Mahal who contributes vocals to a new take on Little Brother Montgomery’s ‘Vicksburg Blues’. The release of the album was followed by a major UK, European and USA tour.
“I have resolved to forge on, deeper into the forest of American music that has enchanted me since I was a small boy,” explains Laurie. “And the further I go, the more bewitched I become – both by the songs and by the people I have been lucky enough to play them with.”
Hugh has appeared in numerous films playing a huge variety of roles and has just wrapped filming opposite George Clooney in the high-profile science-fiction film ‘Tomorrowland’. Some of additional credits include: Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet; Walt Disney’s children’s favorite 101 Dalmations; box office hit The Man in the Iron Mask; Cousin Bette; Stuart Little; Flight of the Phoenix; Street Kings and Monster vs. Aliens which made a staggering 198 Million at the US box office alone.