Preview: Madeleine Peyroux, Usher Hall

Madeleine Peyroux. Pic: Comp
Madeleine Peyroux. Pic: Comp
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SULTRY singer Madeleine Peyroux returns to the Usher Hall on Wednesday, where she’ll play songs from her latest album, The Blue Room, alongside some old favourites from her impressive back catalogue.

Born in Athens, Georgia and raised between California, Brooklyn and Paris, Peyroux was performing by the age of 15, when she began busking in the street.

“I started out just wanting to get out of the house,” she says. “So I took my guitar and learned some music.

“If you’re playing a blues song on the street, you have much more to sing the blues about than if you were sitting at home trying to make sense out of a piece of sheet music.”

Her first album, Dreamland, received rave reviews on its release in 1996, with Time magazine going as far as to proclaim it “the most exciting, involving vocal performance by a new singer this year”.

The Blue Room is just her sixth album in 17 years, and it pays tribute to the classic 1962 Ray Charles LP Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music.

“I picked songs that impacted so many artists, especially myself,” she explains. “[The Blue Room] had such an impact on me that I’ve rearranged my older songs so they sound like the songs I recorded for this album.”

Madeleine Peyroux, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Wednesday, 7.30pm, £18.50-£24.50, 0131-228 1155