So…it would be incredibly cool if someone came up to me and said I could travel to New Orleans, record a blues album and have Irma Thomas sing on it with me. If I were British actor Hugh Laurie this is exactly what would have happened.
With standards like John Henry (with the amazing Irma Thomas), You Don’t Know my Mind and St James Infirmary, Let Them Talk is not just blues; it is old, old time blues. When I first saw You Don’t Know my Mind on the set list I was a little sceptical (I am very partial to Miss Odetta’s version) but the arrangement suits his voice and style and he does a good job with the song. I like the album. It has a strong “we were all sittin’ around on the porch playing music” feel and sound.
You all can listen to the album on the player in my sidebar or the player on the Hugh Laurie Blues website. You can also download a FREE track from the album and watch more videos on the making of Let Them Talk.
As for purchasing, you can buy the album (including a vinyl version) from the website or from Amazon UK. When I checked this morning all versions except vinyl are available for pre-order from Amazon US and will release in the states May 17th.