HUGH Laurie is to release his first blues album detailing the trials of being an exceptionally-rich white man.
Mardi Foie Gras will be previewed at a New Orleans concert despite locals praying desperately for another hurricane.
Laurie will perform under his blues pseudonym Howlin’ Waitrose.
Bluesologist, Tom Logan, said: “When I first heard the Son House song Death Letter Blues about his wife being in the morgue, I thought ‘this is all very well but what would it sound like if it was sung by some floppy Oxbridge ponce?’.
“I think Howlin’ has managed to capture perfectly the anger, pain and loneliness of the blues and I suspect this comes from the hurt he felt after the lukewarm critical reception to his 1980s sketch show Alfresco.”
The album was produced in the same studio in San Antonio where Robert Johnson made his seminal recordings after it was ripped out of the ground and carried to Beverly Hills by 14 of Laurie’s biggest helicopters.
In the opening song, Don’t Want Me No Prius Blues, Laurie sings about the difficulties of having to drive a hybrid car to appear socially responsible when he also owns an Aston Martin ‘like that goddamn Jimmy Bond’.
But critics say that, for many, the highlight will be Hotel Blues, in which Laurie bemoans the ill-conceived 2002 refurbishment of the Dorchester.