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Musicians balance careers with raising children
October 20, 1998
Brownsville Heralds
Brownsville, Texas

San Antonio – What do toddlers and guitar players have in common?

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Musicians in the ‘90s are sorta like people in other careers. Some live wild. Others are as concerned about raising good kids as scoring hit records. Child-rearing has become prevalent enough in the music industry that, this year, the annual South By Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin staged a panel called “Parenting in the Music Business.”

The discussion was helmed by sing/songwriter Amy Rigby and included Hubbard, singer/songwriter/former child performer Susan Cowsill, free-lance writer Maria McCormick and club owner/talent buyer Susan Miller.

Cowsill grew up in the musical Cowsill family, which had a hit with “Hair” in 1969. Based in New Orleans, she performs in at least two bands, the Continental Drifters and the all-female Psycho Sisters. Her husband, Peter Holsapple, is a former db, a Continental Drifter and an in-demand road guitarist for groups including Hootie & the Blowfish. The Cowsill/Holsapple team has produced a daughter, Miranda, an active youngster who doesn’t seem fazed by much of anything.

“I think musicians address issues like any other parent,” Cowsill said. “I want Miranda to finish school and become an accountant. I wasn’t recruited into the Cowsills, I begged to get in. I missed out on some kid things, Brownies, having my tonsils out.”

The Hubbards, Cowsill and Holsapple and other performers don’t shy away from taking their kids to a job site.

“People ask about taking kids to clubs,” Cowsill said. “I was in shows when I was a kid and it depends on the situation. A couple of hours in a club isn’t going to kill them. Like anything, you have to strike a balance.”

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