MUSIC NEWS- Noted recording artist, actor, and performer Hugh Laurie has announced that he will hit the road starting in October for a USA concert tour. He'll make a theater run, across the country to promote his new album, DIDN'T IT RAIN, which will be released in the USA on August 6 via Warner Bros.
Mr Laurie will be joined by The Copper Bottom Band, which is David Piltch (bass), Vincent Henry (horns), Elizabeth Lea (trombone), Jean McClain (vocals), and Gaby Moreno (vocals), with Herman Matthews (drums) and Mark Goldenberg (guitars).
DIDN'T IT RAIN is Laurie's second album and the follow-up to his celebrated 2011 debut album LET THEM TALK, the New Orleans blues driven celebration that included guest vocals from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Tom Jones. For DIDN'T IT RAIN, Laurie follows the trail of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. The new set includes songs dating back to early pioneers W.C. Handy
("St Louis Blues")and Jelly Roll Morton ("I Hate A Man Like You") to more recent artists such as Dr. John ("Wild Honey") and Alan Price of The Animals ("Changes"). The album was produced by LET THEM TALK producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg), and was recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January of this year.
On August 3, PBS will air "Live On The Queen Mary," an live performance by Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band filmed, as the title reveals, aboard the historical Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. The special includes songs from both DIDN'T IT RAIN and LET THEM TALK, along with the hilarious and charming repartee that only Laurie can deliver. Check your PBS listings for details.
Hugh Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band 2013 Tour Itinerary-
13 Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center
15 Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theatre
16 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
17 Munhall, PA (Pittsburgh) Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
19 Kent, OH The Kent Stage
20 Toronto, ON. CAN Danforth Music Hall
21 Montreal, QC. CAN Maison Symphonique
23 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere - Music Hall
25 New York City, NY Town Hall Theatre
26 North Tonawanda, NY Riviera Theater
27 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
29 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre
30 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
1 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre
2 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
3 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre