Personnel: Hugh Laurie (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion); Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel guitar, mandola); Kevin Breit (6-string guitar, tenor guitar, mandocello, mandolin); Patrick Warren (autoharp, accordion, field organ, keyboards); Craig Eastman (violin, tenor violin); Robby Marshall (clarinet, alto clarinet); David Piltch (upright bass); Jay Bellerose (drums, percussion); Gennine Jackson, Jean McClain (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Ryan Freeland.
Liner Note Authors: Joe Henry; Hugh Laurie.
Recording information: Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA (07/26/2010-10/08/2010); Piety Street Recording, New Orleans, LA (07/26/2010-10/08/2010); Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA (10/18/2010); Piety Street Recording, New Orleans, LA (10/18/2010).
Photographer: Michael Wilson .
A household name in both the U.K. and U.S. thanks to his long-standing 30-year comedy career, and more recent starring role in medical drama House, multi-talented Hugh Laurie is also lesser-known as a versatile and accomplished self-taught musician. Produced by Joe Henry (Elvis Costello, Mose Allison), his debut effort Let Them Talk is a blues-influenced effort featuring a mix of new songs and blues standards. Special guests include Dr. John, Tom Jones, and Irma Thomas.
Living Blues (p.54) - "He applies his warm low-tenor pipes in a conversational, frequently assertive manner..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The arrangements are bouncy and breezy, with Hugh giving the ivories a lusty hammering, especially on the boogie-woogified 'Swanee River'..."