July 27th, 2010
03:54 PM ET
Today is clearly "actors who moonlight as musicians" day: Hugh Laurie is the latest thespian who plans to step into a recording booth.
The “House” star has signed with Warner Music to produce a New Orleans blues album, the record company said in a press release.
“I am drunk with excitement at this opportunity,” Laurie said in the statement. “I know the history of actors making music is a checkered one, but I promise no one will get hurt.”
But the 51-year-old actor isn't a musical novice; he's a predominantly self-taught piano player and has written and sung music throughout his career. "House" fans know that Laurie's alter-ego, Gregory House, has been known to break out a little blues on the piano, and even the series soundtrack bears a bit of Laurie's influence.
According to Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry, who will team up with Laurie to produce the album, “all musicians are actors to begin with – our jobs being to embody characters and articulate stories for three and four minutes at a time," he said in the statement.
"I've been a great fan of Hugh's work on screen, and believe purely that he is investing the same wit, intelligence and emotional generosity into his music."
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