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Fresh off maternity leave Scott is hitting the stage

Published 6:01am Sunday, September 8, 2013
Alison Scott. - Photo provided
Alison Scott. – Photo provided

Alison Scott is used to being busy, and with the birth of newborn daughter Grace the balancing act between musician and mother got a little more tricky.

But it’s something Scott wouldn’t want any other way. With a shrug of the shoulders, Scott is ready to jump back into touring and recording. After taking the spring of,f Scott got back to the stage in mid-June.

But it wasn’t without a little trepidation.

“I was really stressed out about taking the last three weeks of my pregnancy off,” Scott said. “It was another two and a half months before my next show. I thought I was going to forget everything. But we had just been doing it so long I think I can forget.”

The breaks are of course welcome as Scott has been spending much of this year so far taking care of Grace. It was just another stage to step up onto.

“I wasn’t nervous about the motherhood part of leaving,” Scott said. “I have a really good support system here.”

Time at home though, tending to just Grace was going to be relatively short-lived. Soon the nature of the business began knocking, and Scott was looking at getting back on the musical stage again.

“When you’re in the music business you book shows so far out,” Scott said. “The middle of June was a good time to get back to it.”

As the spring marched on, Scott used any chance she got to keep in touch with her music, which wasn’t that often.

Taking time here and there throughout a day, Scott would find her piano and play what she could.

“I would sit down as often as I could and run through two or three (songs) at a time,” Scott said. “With a baby I couldn’t play for more than 10 minutes. I probably had to sit down two or three times a day.”

During this time Scott would touch base with long-time guitarist Kevin Bowe just to throw ideas around and keep up with each other.

From this came an idea for a holiday concert series as well as giving life to an idea they’ve had for a while now. A holiday record.

“People have been asking us to put out our holiday record for a long time now,” Scott said. “We really wanted to get it out there.”

So far though, there are seven shows booked including a trip to Rochester.

Up until now however, time has made getting around to that project difficult.

“We didn’t have enough material,” Scott said. “When I was on leave we really had time to figure out the details.”

Scott said they are planning a nine-song album that will including traditional and nontraditional. Currently they are about halfway through.

“I’ve listened to every song under the sun,” Scott joked.

Some of the songs will even contain a combination of traditional and touches left by the band.

“Some we wrote additional sections,” She said. “Really try to mix it up.”

“My favorite is whatever one we just worked on,” Scott laughed. “Kevin came up with this idea for “Little Drummer Boy,” but funky. “Funky Drummer Boy,” with wrap.”

As time stretches on Scott’s thoughts stretch even further including recording the groups third original album.

“We’re already talking about getting into the studio following the holidays,” Scott said.

Holiday Tour Schedule

Dec. 4-Rochester Civic Theater

Dec. 6-Lakeville Area Arts Center

Dec. 7-Crossings at Carnegie (Zumbrota)

Dec. 14-Maplewood Community Center

Dec. 27-28-Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Dec. 29-Lyric Arts of Anoka


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