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Check it out: tonight on the Late Show With David Letterman (CBS) -- which, tellingly, is produced in New York's Ed Sullivan Theatre -- you can catch that aural acrobat Sting (kids: the "Roxanne" guy) sharing the spotlight with a new generation of pop pioneer in the fine form of Ivy Levan -- thrillingly performing the first track of Capitol's Beatles album Yesterday and Today: "Drive My Car." In addition to late genius author Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) proclaiming "Drive My Car" the greatest song ever, the performance is bound to be stunning, as we well know that Sting brings it -- and this Ivy Levan, this "Dame" and queen of "Swamp Hop," she makes you wonder how that slender frame contains the vocal virtuosity within. Surely a duet not to be missed!
The power of music compels me, and I'm fortunate: Ms. Levan and Mr. Sting have met before -- and I was there. The occasion: Cherrytree Records threw a brilliant "Cherrytree House Live!" multi-act concert, late last year at Steven Spill's cozy Magicopolis theatre in Santa Monica. One of the happiest evenings in years!
In the afterglow I find myself interviewing Cherrytree Records founder and mogul Martin Kierszenbaum, who hosted the show (calling Sting both "big brother" and "mentor"), and who is essentially eponymous with his label. (He's also a musician, but apparently has not signed himself.) Aware that Cherrytree is the U.S. label for the remarkable Ellie Goulding and Feist, I already knew I loved them -- but the evening rocked my socks off, and it's a bonus pleasure to speak with Mr. Kierszenbaum. The guy has amazing taste.
Check out the full article and interview over on HuffingtonPost.com