Check out my favorite pics of 2015 at my blog, in the Hiposphere.
Highlights include Helen Highwater Stringband’s new EP and our mini tour to the UK, a vacation with my sweetie in Scotland, some high profile festival plays with The New Hip, some great music camps, and more.
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I’m excited about this new year and all its possibilities and I hope you are, too. We’ve a lot on our plate ahead, the biggest of which is a new release we’ve just started recording. I spent a lot of 2015 writing songs for this project and I can’t wait to share them.
We’ll keep you updated on the journey. For now, we are looking forward to hitting the road and the adventures that will bring.
This is me, waiting to go on stage, and while I didn’t know this photo was being taken, I do have an idea what may have been going through my head at the time. The same thing that always goes through my head right before I head out on stage…
Let my joy come through, let me make a difference.
This is not to say that some adrenaline-induced ‘stage’ nerves with less-positive mantras aren’t competing for my attention at the same time…But years of experience have helped me to keep most of those at bay, and concentrate on the real reason I chose this life. To give my joy of music a venue- and to (hopefully) make a difference.
So, it is with great sincerity that I thank you all for the nomination as IBMA Bass Player of the Year.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 12, 2015 – Nominees for the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee on August 12th. Congratulations to Missy Raines, who was nominated for Bass Player of Year along with fellow bassists, Mike Bub, Mark Schatz, Tim Surrett and Barry Bales. Click here to see entire list of nominees.
Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. Results of the balloting will be revealed at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, October 1, hosted by The Gibson Brothers. The Awards Show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass event, presented by Chiesi USA, to be held September 29-October 3 in Raleigh, NC.
Missy Raines & The New Hip are proud to announce that we are being represented by Evangeline Elston of Evangeline Presents. She is currently accepting dates for The New Hip for 2015 and 2016. For bookings contact Evangeline at 530.632.3798 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The other band that keeps Missy busy these days is Helen Highwater Stringband with fellow bandmates, Shad Cobb, Mike Compton, and David Grier. We are excited to announce that HHSB is now being represented by Jim Roe at Roe Entertainment. To contact Jim about Helen Highwater Stringband bookings: call 865-982-8885 or email at email@example.com
Missy will be teaching bass at the 20th Annual Kaufman Acoustic Kamp held in Maryville TN, June 21- 27th. Missy will be teaching along with 2 other bass teachers, Steve Roy and Clint Mullican. In addition to the bass classes during the day, Missy will be performing at nightly
Missy will be holding a Bass Workshop at Elderly Instruments on Saturday, June 6th from 1pm-2:30pm. Cost is $40 per person. Go here for more info.
We are headed to PUMPSTOCK American Roots Festival in East Lansing Michigan Saturday, June 6th at 6:30pm. The festival is held at Bailey Park, 300 Bailey Street, East Lansing MI 48823. Bring a chair, rain location at the Bailey gym, same address. Also appearing is Rachel and the Beatnik Playboys, Nathan Bell, STELLA!, and Hatchet Man and Frog.
Missy Raines & The New Hip will be at the Red Wing Roots Festival, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Mt. Solon, VA. They’ll be joining festival hosts, The Steel Wheels, along with The Punch Brothers, Elephant Revival, and many more.