At first listen to New Frontier, you'd sooner peg Missy Raines as an Americana bandleader, rather than one of the most highly decorated bass players in bluegrass music. For the first time, Raines explores her dusky, emotive alto on each track, layered among the cool grooves and expansive soundscapes provided by her band, The New Hip
Multi-award-winning bass player Missy Raines has long been one of bluegrass music's most beloved musicians, but on New Frontier, released last August 27th, she explores the next step in her musical vision, redefining herself as a charismatic lead vocalist on a set of songs penned by Pierce Pettis, Sarah Siskind, Ed Snodderly, Zach Bevill and Raines herself. This Seven Time IBMA Bass Player of the Year artist finds her voice on these new tracks.
Drawing inspiration from indie rock and acoustic jazz as well as Americana and newgrass, Raines shapes a distinctive sonic landscape around the cool grooves of The New Hip (guitarist/co-producer Ethan Ballinger, mandolinist Jarrod Walker, drummer Josh Fox and Raines' distinctive upright bass), joined by special guests including Sam Bush, The Farewell Drifters' Zach Bevill and former New Hip percussionist Robert Crawford.
“If you allow it” says Missy Raines, “music can take people and let them be seen from the inside out. It’s a way of letting people see who you are without having to sit there and talk about yourself. For instance, the title tune contains the sort of changes that life often forces upon you, expressed musically. When I was writing the tune, I was thinking, ‘this all makes really musical sense except this one half-step change here.’ That’s what throws you off. For me that’s what I’ve been through. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, something comes up and surprises you.”
The performance takes place Friday, May 2nd at 6:30 PM at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. Tickets: $20 or 2 for $35. Visit http://bluegrassmuseum.org/missy-raines-concert-may-2-2014/ for ticketing information.