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Hugh Laurie loosens up in continued visit to house of American music
Hugh Laurie loosens up in continued visit to house of American music

To put Hugh Laurie's two albums in the context with which he's most associated, 2011's "Let Them Talk" was like the pilot episode of a television series: With handsomely arranged renditions of standards such as "After You've Gone" and "St. James Infirmary," this was where we learned that the British star of TV's smash-hit "House" loves nothing more than old-school American blues and R&B. "It was kind of expositional," said Laurie, 54, on a recent afternoon in Burbank, discussing his music — in which he sings and plays piano — before the start of a West Coast tour set to stop Monday at the Fonda Theatre. "Whereas this one is the second act." Released in August, "Didn't It Rain" was...

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