Willie Dixon Gave Hugh Laurie The Blues

(The Blues) Star of the hit TV series House-turned-bluesman Hugh Laurie says he's still reeling from his first encounter with blues music - even though it happened nearly 50 years ago.

He's currently touring the US with his Copper Bottom Band in support of second album Didn't It Rain. But his thoughts often return to a moment in his childhood when he heard Willie Dixon on BBC radio.

Laurie tells OC Register: "It was like I had been hit by lightning - it was like an electrical shock. I'm still quivering from it even now and I think I always will. I knew at the age of 7 or 8, whatever it was, that it was the music I was going to love all of my life."

Didn't It Rain sees him taking his blues experimentation further than he did with debut release Let Them Talk in 2011. "I wanted to get more of a female voice into the music," he says. "I've always believed this music really did originate with great female singers, like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. I wanted to have that sound, that voice, and make it about more than just men strutting their stuff." more on this story

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