Hugh Laurie brings passion for the Blues to PBS


The great Hugh Laurie will transform PBS into a house of blues this Fall when his life-long passion for traditional blues music collides with the small screen, Friday, September 30, as part of the long-running series, Great Performances on PBS stations nationwide. In the one-hour program, Laurie leaves the world of Bertie Wooster, Prince George and Dr. Gregory House behind for a celebration of New Orleans music and the world of Jelly Roll Morton and more. Bringing their collective talents to the program are some brilliant arrangements by Allen Toussaint and genius musical performances by Dr John, Irma Thomas and Tom Jones.

After hearing the entire CD, let’s hope the incredible rendition of Tipitina makes it to the small screen.

Hugh Laurie talks about the Let Them Talk experience

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI7_sXFN6t0

With Laurie, you know it’s a lifelong passion when he says, “If people can rediscover these [blues] geniuses thanks to me, I’d be happy.” I’m guessing after Friday, September 30 on PBS, Hugh Laurie will be happy.

  • I am definitely looking forward to this!

  • Judy Evans

    Hugh Laurie is gifted in every way possible. His Music is awesome.

  • Pamela

    Where will they be taping this special?

    • @Pamela: The program has already been taped in and around New Orleans. It recently aired in the UK but will now be available in the U.S. on PBS as part of the series Great Performances on September 30.

  • Paula Pavan

    Sir Hugh…nothing but the best when it comes to this gentleman.

  • carli

    Wonderful news! I can hardly wait!!

  • wendy

    if this is the same as ‘Down By The River’ which was shown in the uk a little while. it was brilliant. definately recommended 🙂

    • @Wendy: Same show from what I understand. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Mariana

    My friend Dianne cannot wait for this!

    • @Mariana: Hopefully, Dianne can hold out until Sept 30. Will be a great show for sure.

  • Jane Todd

    Is it possible to purchase a DVD or
    video of this presentation?

    It was wonderful!