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Missy Raines not limited to bluegrass
Written by By COLE CHRISTENSEN/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 23 August 2010 13:09
Between the time of this interview and the publication of this story Missy Raines has received yet another nomination for “Bass Player of the Year” from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
With seven past Bluegrass Music awards in her pocket, she is easily one of most decorated female instrumentalist in bluegrass music.
Not bad for a musician who is currently creating music that is anything but straight-ahead bluegrass.
As bassist Raines has had a storied career in bluegrass, starting with Eddie and Martha Adcock, then performing many years with vocal legend Claire Lynch and finally setting out with guitarist Jim Hurst in an exploration of instrumental dialogue. She might call them building blocks to finding her own direction and sound in acoustic music.
“My roots are based in bluegrass, and that was the music that first captured my attention,” she said in a recent telephone interview.
“But, it was through bluegrass that I was exposed to jazz and all kinds of music. I have made my life about exploring all different types of music.”
Enter Missy Raines and the New Hip... a progressive quintet of “mostly” acoustic musicians exploring the connections between traditional bluegrass and jazz, rock and blues music.
With her bluegrass pedigree in her back pocket, and a group of very talented and diverse musicians at her side, Raines foray into the experimental side of bluegrass has been wrought with success... and rightfully so.
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