Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor, and performer Hugh Laurie, has announced that he will hit the road for a U.S. tour in October performing in theaters across the country in support of his new album, DIDN’T IT RAIN, which will be released in the U.S. on Aug 6th.
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) – and is completed by 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, was a 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 trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It 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”). Produced by LET THEM TALK producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg), DIDN’T IT RAIN was recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January of this year.
On Aug 3rd, PBS will air “Live On The Queen Mary,” an intimate live performance by Laurie with the incomparable Copper Bottom Band filmed — as the title indicates — 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. It’s a great night of viewing so check your PBS listings for details. Click here to catch a glimpse.
Don’t miss Hugh Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band on tour this fall. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
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Oct 13 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Oct 15 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
Oct 16 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
Oct 17 – Munhall, PA (Pittsburgh) – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Oct 19 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
Oct 20 – Toronto, ON. CAN – Danforth Music Hall
Oct 21 – Montreal, QC. CAN – Maison Symphonique
Oct 23 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere – Music Hall
Oct 25 – New York, NY – Town Hall Theatre
Oct 26 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theater
Oct 27 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
Oct 29 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
Oct 30 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Nov 1 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
Nov 2 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
Nov 3 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre