March 24th, 2014 – Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor and performer, Hugh Laurie, has announced he will hit the road for a west coast theater tour in May in support of his current album, DIDN’T IT RAIN, released by Warner Bros. Records in August 2013.
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) – and is completed by Herman Matthews (drums) and Mark Goldenberg (guitar).
DIDN’T IT RAIN is Laurie’s second album and the follow-up to his celebrated 2011 debut album LET THEM TALK, a New Orleans blues-driven celebration that included guest vocals from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, and Tom Jones. For DIDN’T IT RAIN, Laurie follows the trajectory of the blues upstream 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.
A commanding front man and lovable raconteur backed by a positively astounding band of world class musicians and vocalists, Hugh Laurie and The Copper Bottom Band present an unforgettable evening of music not to be missed:
“The care with which he selected the songs gathered here, and the relaxed verve of the performances, makes it clear what it is that Laurie loves. Thoroughly Engaging.” – The Boston Globe
“For all his fame, accomplishments and polymathic talents, Hugh Laurie’s got the blues, inside him and around him. No wonder he is, against type and against the odds, rather good at it.” — Telegraph Magazine / London
Don’t miss Hugh Laurie with The Copper Bottom Band on tour this spring. Dates are as follows:
5/20 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
5/22 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
5/23 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
5/24 Medford, OR Craterian Theater at The Collier Center
5/27 Saratoga, CA Montalvo Arts Center – Garden Theatre
5/28 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
5/30 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
5/31 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
6/02 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre
6/03 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theatre
6/04 Santa Fe, NM Lensic Performing Arts Center
6/06 Austin, TX Paramount Theater
6/07 Houston, TX Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center
6/10 Mexico City Auditorio Nacional
6/11 Guadalajara Teatro Diana