With five-year-old Owen Isabelle, her daughter with husband and bass player Teddy Landau, as part of the touring party, things have changed on the road these days for singer-songwriter Michelle Branch.
"It's all cartoons, and we have a teacher out, a tutor, and lots of museum trips and aquarium trips and zoo trips and stuff like that," says Branch, 28, who came to fame in 2001 with her hits "Everywhere" and "All You Wanted," which earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist.
"It's a totally different road life than it used to be, for sure. But she's great with it."
In fact, Branch says, having Owen on tour and the push-pull of being a performer and a mother is probably harder on her than her child.
"It's such a fine balance," says Branch, who recently released "Loud Music," the first single from September's "West Coast Time," her return to pop-rock after a sidestep into country music with the Wreckers -- a duo with friend Jessica Harp -- and her 2010 EP "Everything Comes and Goes." "We have our good days when I feel like I've given attention to everything that needed attention and I have time to be a mom and relax. And there's days that...there literally are not enough hours in the day and she's gone off with our nanny/tutor and it kind of pulls at my heartstrings.
"I think it's a similar balance to any working mom. I just try to squeeze a lot more in and get everything done at once and then have a big batch of days off to spend with (Owen). That's how I like to do it."
The Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch and Parachute perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $22.50 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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