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Compass signs Missy Raines

Thursday, November 6, 2008 – Bluegrass bassist extraordinaire Missy Raines, seven time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association's award for Bass Player of the Year, signed with Compass Records with an album due in February. Now fronting her hot new band The New Hip, Raines is looking to put out an album that fuses bluegrass with jazz-tinged grooves.

Missy Raines and The New Hip will release their first full-length album, "Inside Out," on Compass Records on Feb. 10, 2009. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Raines, members of The New Hip and Ben Surratt, Inside Out features special guest appearances by Matt Flinner (mandolin), John R. Burr (piano) and Megan McCormick (guitar, vocals).

Launching her career with experimental bluegrass outfit Cloud Valley, Raines toured the country with Eddie and Martha Adcock before lending her bass skills to the Masters (Adcock, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Jesse McReynolds). In 1995, Raines joined Claire Lynch's popular Front Porch Band and there developed a successful performing and recording partnership with band mate Jim Hurst.

CD reviews for Missy Raines

New Frontier CD review - New Frontier
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. She's accompanied on her explorations by co-producer Ethan Ballinger on guitar, Jarrod Walker on mandolin and guitar, and Josh Fox on drums; »»»
Inside Out
Missy Raines isn't your typical singer. For one, she leads her band New Hip from the confines of a large upright bass she plucks throughout. And secondly, the music she creates is far more challenging than one might envision, with the country hues giving way to a jazzy feel on the nifty opening title track. Raines also has the pipes to continuously get the job done, a bit of country, but with plenty of roots in jazz and folk on the pleasing, catchy Basket Of Singing Birds with sweet »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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