Gig preview: Hugh Laurie, Edinburgh Playhouse

Hugh Laurie's album Didn't It Rain

Hugh Laurie's album Didn't It Rain

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HE’S best known as one half of Fry and Laurie and for his roles in Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and as Dr Gregory House in the US medical drama House.

However, it’s his musical side that Hugh Lawrie will be showcasing at the Playhouse tomorrow evening.

After the success of his debut album Let Them Talk, and the release of his second album Didn’t It Rain earlier this year Laurie is on the road for the first time.

Didn’t It Rain finds Laurie leaving the sounds of New Orleans, and his first album behind, as he follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland.

“I have resolved to forge on, deeper into the forest of American music that has enchanted me since I was a small boy,” he explains. “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.”

Those songs include the St Louis. Blues, Jelly Roll Morton’s I Hate A Man Like You, Dr John’s Wild Honey and Alan Price of The Animals’ Changes.

Recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January, Didn’t It Rain features the Copper Bottom Band, which has been reunited with Laurie for the tour.

• Hugh Laurie, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, tomorrow, 7.30pm, £37.40-£39.90, 0844-871 3014