Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"We all knew that Hugh Laurie could play the piano, but this is a world away from his occasional tinklings in the role of Bertie Wooster. It's a head-first plunge into the depths of New Orleans music, from Jelly Roll Morton to Dr John. This, he says, has been the music of his heart ever since it invaded "my gawky English frame", and on the strength of these 15 amazingly authentic-sounding tracks you simply have to believe him. Admittedly, with arrangements by Allen Toussaint, and Dr John, Irma Thomas and Tom Jones joining in, he's in good company, but Laurie is the undoubted star." -The Guardian
Living Blues (p.54) - "He applies his warm low-tenor pipes in a conversational, frequently assertive manner..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The arrangements are bouncy and breezy, with Hugh giving the ivories a lusty hammering, especially on the boogie-woogified 'Swanee River'..."
Personnel: Hugh Laurie (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion); Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel guitar, mandola); Kevin Breit (6-string guitar, tenor guitar, mandocello, mandolin); Patrick Warren (autoharp, accordion, field organ, keyboards); Craig Eastman (violin, tenor violin); Robby Marshall (clarinet, alto clarinet); David Piltch (upright bass); Jay Bellerose (drums, percussion); Gennine Jackson, Jean McClain (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Ryan Freeland.
Liner Note Authors: Joe Henry; Hugh Laurie.
Recording information: Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA (07/26/2010-10/08/2010); Piety Street Recording, New Orleans, LA (07/26/2010-10/08/2010); Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA (10/18/2010); Piety Street Recording, New Orleans, LA (10/18/2010).
Photographer: Michael Wilson .
A household name in both the U.K. and U.S. thanks to his long-standing 30-year comedy career, and more recent starring role in medical drama House, multi-talented Hugh Laurie is also lesser-known as a versatile and accomplished self-taught musician. Produced by Joe Henry (Elvis Costello, Mose Allison), his debut effort Let Them Talk is a blues-influenced effort featuring a mix of new songs and blues standards. Special guests include Dr. John, Tom Jones, and Irma Thomas.