Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor, and performer Hugh Laurie has announced that he will hit the road for a U.S. tour in October. He’ll be 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. 6.
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). The band will be 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.” 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. 3, PBS will air “Live On The Queen Mary,” an intimate live performance by Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band filmed aboard the historical Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. 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.
Don’t miss Hugh Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band on tour this fall. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
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