“This is by Blind Blake, perhaps the greatest of all the ragtime guitarists. Not a huge amount is known about him and there’s only one surviving photograph – but he was a handsome fellow, that much is for sure. I bought myself a 1935 Martin acoustic guitar for this song and told myself there was a chance Blind Blake might have played it himself once upon a time. He might even have played this beautiful, laconic song on it, although I am prepared to concede that it is unlikely.” – Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Download or listen to “Police Dog Blues” below. The download will be available until 10/4/2011.