09:45 26 July 2010
'House' star Hugh Laurie has signed a deal to record a blues album, it has been revealed.
The British actor, who is self-taught on both the guitar, piano, drums, saxophone and harmonica, will release the as-yet untitled record with Warner label WME.
The 51-year-old 'Blackadder' star stated: "I am drunk with excitement at this opportunity. I know the history of actors making music is a chequered one, but I promise no one will get hurt.
"I am particularly thrilled to be working with Joe Henry, who has produced some of my favourite records of all time, and I can't wait to get started."
Joe Henry has worked on albums with artists including Elvis Costello and Solomon Burke, and has penned songs for Madonna.
Laurie has displayed his musical talents and some of his works on TV, and is a vocalist and keyboard player for the Los Angeles charity rock group Band From TV. He also added a piano part to Meat Loaf's new album 'Hang Cool Teddy Bear'.
His role on the American medical drama 'House' has netted him two Golden Globe awards. Laurie's album will be released this autumn.
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