New Frontier- Compass Records – September 2013
“A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.” -ICON Magazine
“In an album that is at once layered in lush sounds and whispering in spare, haunting cries of passion, seven-time IBMA bass player of the year Missy Raines launches her well-tended craft off the bluegrass dock into the waters of jazz and folk, holding onto the anchor of bluegrass while pushing steadily at the boundaries of the music that engulfs her.” -Country Standard Time
“Raines is not only a superb bassist but also an excellent singer, with a matter-of-fact, low-key delivery that’s sometimes hushed, sometimes seductive, sometimes channeling a simmering unease.” -New York Music Daily
“Raines’s voice really sets the album apart, keeping the feel at times fierce and almost aggressive and then dialing down to a much more vulnerable contemplative place. The juxtaposition of pop orchestration, lo-fi guitars and mandolins make for an incredibly interesting, layered sound. -Deep South Magazine
With this, Missy’s 1st all vocal album, “New Frontier” is a natural evolution that reflects the intimate and sometimes grueling process of expression. Of how the lines of one’s art and one’s life are often hopelessly tangled, blurred, and imperfect. Yet reminds us that simply by showing up we are rendered free and open, open to all that touches us.
Produced by Missy Raines, Ethan Ballinger, and Ben Surratt, this is a collaborative work which features The New Hip, Ethan Ballinger, Jarrod Walker, and Josh Fox throughout. Special Guests include Sam Bush and Zach Bevill.
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