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 »»»