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Hugh Laurie is following the steps of fellow actor turned musician Gwyneth Paltrow by releasing an album.

But don’t expect country ballads or - more to the point - any ’House’ music, as the TV superstar’s album, Let the Talk, has been fed on a strict blues diet.

The album was produced by singer/songwriter Joe Henry, reports The Guardian. Legends Dr John, Tom Jones and Irma Thomas were enlisted on the covers record, on which Laurie sings lead vocals, as well as playing piano and guitar.

Laurie is well aware that the critics are sharpening their knives and is doing his best to disarm those who may cry ‘vanity project’ with the trademark self-deprecation that’s served him so well during the years.

’I was not born in Alabama in the 1890s,’ he said. ‘I've never eaten grits, cropped a share, or ridden a boxcar. I am a white, middle-class Englishman, openly trespassing on the music and myth of the American south.’

He added: ‘If that weren't bad enough, I'm also an actor: one of those pampered ninnies who can't find his way through an airport without a babysitter.’

The album’s been given a release date of May 9.

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