Alison Scott: I'm going to sit down and write songs for my daughter

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Alison Scott might be one of the Twin Cities most underrated vocalists -- even though she's been playing around town for longer than most of the bands in rotation on the local airwaves. She has a classic, ageless voice that can be adapted from pop to soul in one song to the next, and it's a natural as a season change.

Since March, Scott has been taking a little break from her music life to welcome her first child into the world. Her three-month maternity leave from the business is understandable and well-deserved, but Scott is back in full-swing this weekend with two shows at the Anoka Main Street Stage on Friday night and at the Dakota Jazz Club on Saturday night. The rest of the summer is loaded full of dates, and Scott is wasting no time in getting back to work.

Gimme Noise couldn't resist a quick chat with the singer about her new bundle of joy and what she's up to now.

So, first things first: update me on the baby.

[Laughs] I had a baby girl on April 5. Her name is Grace Montgomery. So I've been home with her... I haven't played a show since March 7. I've been on maternity leave, and I really enjoyed my time with her, and now it's time to get back to work.

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Tell me a little about the shows you have planned this weekend.

Friday night we're at the Anoka Main Street Stage, and Saturday we're at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. The shows will be fairly similar, the Anoka show will be a little bit shorter. We're bringing back songs that we haven't done in a while. With the Anoka show, it's kind of like stadium seating--very intimate. There's not a bad seat in the house, and we've really come to love being there. The Dakota is kind of our home base in the Twin Cities, so it'll be nice going back there.

How is it, getting back into the swing of things?

Well, we're certainly not easing into it, I can say that. [Laughs] This weekend I have two shows, and the next week I have five shows, and the summer is pretty crazy. We're playing a lot, but we're playing closer to home than normal, so there are a lot of opportunities for people to see us this summer -- the Chanhassen, the Harriet Bandshell... And after this summer we're going to be working together to put together a holiday concert series at the surrounding areas, and we're going to team up with high school choirs and put out a Christmas record, and that'll be our focus after the summer.

Do you feel like motherhood has changed your perceptions of music and your approach?

To be honest, I haven't had much time to write since Grace was born, but I'm sure the time will come when I'm going to sit down and write songs for her, and they will sound very different. But at the same time, my whole "Alison Scott life" is one side of my personality, and then I have my life at home with my family.



How are you adjusting to the balance of music life and motherhood?

Actually, it's okay. I'm not gonna be home nights all the time, but it means I can be home during the day, and then my husband gets home at night, and it's nice that we don't really have to do daycare.... But music has been my entire life for seven or eight years now, and this was the other thing that was very important to me. A lot of people just assumed that I would be a stay-at-home mom, but I've worked really hard over the years and I'm not ready to give all of that up.

Alison Scott will be playing at the Anoka Main Street Stage on Friday, June 21. Tickets are $22-$26. 7 p.m. Info here. She will also be performing at the Dakota Jazz Club on Saturday, June 22. $12. 8 p.m. Info here.

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