The Compass Records Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Missy Raines, seven-time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association's award for Bass Player Of The Year. Now fronting her hot new band The New Hip, Raines is poised to have her longtime dream realized: an album that fuses bluegrass virtuosity with jazz-tinged grooves and a song-driven sensibility.
A beloved figure in bluegrass and a pioneering force in acoustic music, Missy Raines’ adventurous musical spirit has always been her compass. 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. A stint with the Brother Boys opened Raines' eyes to the value of spontaneity and immediacy in her musical approach.
Missy Raines and The New Hip will release their first full-length album, Inside Out, on Compass Records on February 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).