7 time International Bluegrass Music Association's Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines, is a pioneering force in acoustic music. Her adventurous musical spirit has always been her compass. Launching her career with experimental bluegrass outfit Cloud Valley, Raines next toured the country with Eddie and Martha Adcock. Soon she was lending her bass skills to the Masters (Adcock, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Jesse McReynolds). Raines joined Claire Lynch's popular Front Porch Band, and developed a successful duo 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.
Today, Raines is stepping out to make a longtime dream come true; creating a fusing of bluegrass virtuosity, jazz-tinged groove and a song-driven sensibility with a hot band. Missy Raines & the New Hip released their debut release, Inside Out, on Compass Records in February 2009 and are touring full time.