STRINGS Magazine sat down recently with Missy Raines to discuss her perspective on Bluegrass Bass playing.
At a bluegrass festival in Camp Springs, North Carolina, a group of preteen children watched a performance by the Bluegrass Alliance, which included boundary-pushing “new grass” virtuosos Sam Bush, mandolin, and Tony Rice, guitar.
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“The show opened with West Virginia native Missy Raines and her latest band, The New Hip. Raines is an award-winning bass player and would normally be found playing bluegrass. This latest chapter in her musical career has her playing something Larry Groce called “Americana.” In my mind that word conjures up images of folk musicians, and while Raines definitely has the storytelling aspect of folk, her sound is so much more.
With a dark, melodic, honey-rich voice Raines was too country to describe as bluesy, and way too bluesy to be pop. Her sound was seductive and enthralling — kind of like Amy Winehouse meets Rosanne Cash. Her band lent the perfect foil of mandolin and steel guitar.” – Charleston Gazette
We are excited to tell you we’ll be playing live in the Volcano Room at Bluegrass Underground in McMinnville TN on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 along with most excellent singer, songwriter and bassist, Ashleigh Caudill & Friends. Show is at 1pm. Come early and take the tour of the cave. This is a once in a lifetime experience. Tix $20
“New Frontier” came in at #10 on the Top 30 Chart on one of Canada’s top Roots stations, CKUA, in Edmonton, Alberta. Thank You, Canada!
“A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.” —Icon Magazine
“The interactions between IBMA bassist, Missy Raines, and her quartet, The New Hip, display both awareness in and finesse for music that can drive hard and insistently but then also shift gears to soft, spacious nuances with just as powerful of a musical effect.”
“…New Frontier is an impressive collection of songs…” Continue reading
The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inducted a diverse group of musicians and entertainers in November, including Tim O’Brien and The Goins Brothers. Both Melvin Goins and Tim performed as part of the ceremony and I was honored to be part of the show along with Mollie O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Buddy Griffin, Charlie McCoy and others. Continue reading