'House' star Laurie to sing the blues on new album

FILE - In this May 17, 2010 file photo, actor Hugh Laurie attends the FOX Upfront presentation in New York. Laurie was nominated for an Emmy for best actor in a drama series on Thursday, July 8, 2010 for his role in "House." The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, Aug. 29, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

July 25, 2010 5:35:43 PM PDT
Dr. Gregory House has long battled the blues. Now, the actor who plays the acerbic physician plans to play them.

Warner Music Entertainment said Monday that British actor Hugh Laurie has signed a deal to record an album of New Orleans-inspired blues.

"I am drunk with excitement at this opportunity," Laurie said in a statement. "I know the history of actors making music is a checkered one, but I promise no one will get hurt."

Despite his note-perfect American accent on "House," Laurie is a longstanding member of Britain's acting establishment, famous for his turns in the "Blackadder" comedies and as Bertie Wooster in "Jeeves and Wooster." In 2007, Laurie was made a member of the Order of the British Empire.

On "House," Laurie's character often plays piano and the guitar. According to his record company, Laurie is a predominantly self-taught pianist because, in a very House-like move, he had "creative differences" with his childhood teacher.

The album is to be produced by Grammy winner Joe Henry, who has also worked with Ani Di Franco, Elvis Costello, and Loudon Wainwright III.

Earlier this month, Laurie received his fifth Emmy nomination for his portrayal of House.