Fans of the show "House" are fairly used to catching Gregory House pounding on a piano or noodling on a guitar, even singing.

Now, Hugh Laurie is stepping out to release his first U.S. album, via Warner. According to a release, the 51-year-old Englishman will be working with famed producer and songwriter Joe Henry on a New Orleans blues set.

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

"All musicians are actors to begin with – our jobs being to embody characters and articulate stories for three and four minutes at a time," Henry said in the statement. No word yet when the set drops.

Fun fact: Laurie played piano on Meat Loaf's 2010 album "Hang Cool Teddy Bear."

After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.