Next Music & Pie concert features soul musician Alison Scott

The soulful tunes of Alison Scott will be featured at next Music & Pie concert.

Musician Alison Scott. Photos submitted

The concert takes places at Siloa Lutheran Church outside of Braham on Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m.

“In a word, we call it soul music,” Scott said. “It’s definitely got influences from blues and jazz and pop and rock.”

Along with Scott doing vocals and piano, the band includes guitarist/producer Kevin Bowe, drummer Peter Anderson, bassist Steve Price and keyboardist James Tyler O’Neill.

She said she’s had the same core band for about five years now. Scott and guitarist Kevin Bowe have been working together for six or seven years. He’s been in the music industry for a long time, and he knew the drummer and bass player when they got started, so he brought them in, they got behind the music and they’ve been with her ever since.

From left, drummer Peter Anderson, bassist Steve Price, guitarist/producer Kevin Bowe and keyboardist James Tyler O’Neill.

For Scott, music has been a big part of her life since she was little.

“I’ve been doing it my whole life,” she said. “Both my parents are big music people, and I started playing piano when I was 5. I didn’t decide to do it professionally until high school, and then I got a degree in voice. In college, I started writing, and started having gigs right after college.”

Scott wrote most of the songs herself, but she and Bowe also write quite a bit together.

The group has two original albums out, Wish on the Moon and Chinese Whispers, and one cover album, Hiding Under the Covers Volume 1. The second volume cover album will be out June 8.

The first covers record was vintage, with songs from the 60s and 70s, Scott said, while the new one has more modern inspirations including Radiohead and Elliott Smith—but it also has some classics like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.

“One of the challenges of living in Minneapolis and being a soul musician is that this is a really big indie rock town,” she said. “We’ve had to fight really hard to reach people because we’ve had to do it all ourselves. Our best way to win people over is to get in front of as many people as possible. So for years I would take any gigs, no matter how little it paid, just to get in front of as many people as possible.”

Scott lives in Richfield with her husband Andy, but she grew up in Plymouth. She records and performs music professionally, but she also teaches part-time about 12 hours a week, giving voice and piano lessons out of her house.

“Music is a little bit of an outlet for me, an opportunity for me to step out and play a character or be somebody else for a couple hours, just wear a lot of different hats,” she said. “It’s so nice for musicians to hear that their music is enjoyed by other people and other people really understand it, so that’s something that’s rewarding for us.”

Ultimately, she and the band would like to have a national fan base and be able to tour small theaters all over the country, ideally pulling in a few hundred people in every major city.

“That would be great,” Scott said. “I just want to be able to support my family, be creative and keep mixing it up.”

Hear Alison Scott at Siloa Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 3, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.alisonscott.com.

The concert is free, but free will donations will be accepted, with all proceeds given to the performers. For directions, visit www.siloalutheranchurch.org or call Pat Schonhardt at 763- 749-6341.

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