Laurie is a hero for me and she was a total pro to work with, not to mention a hugely charming individual.
All of her musicians (Rob Burger, Bill Laswell, Colin Stetson) are trained assassins, and my fellow backup singers (David Driver and Theo Bleckman) went 0 to 60 in no time flat. My goal for the eve was just to not fall down, but I actually somehow enjoyed myself.
The CD release show at Poisson Rouge the night before Letterman was a steamy whirlwind. We sang on five songs, and didn’t have much rehearsal to prep for it, and it felt like a million degrees down there. There were two flies stalking Laurie all night but she was indomitable.
Wow. The whole thing, just wow. Not the kind of thing you could ever expect or prepare yourself for. Oh, and Lou gives good notes.