Becky Buller, Ned Luberecki and I played a series of trio gigs in the Czech Republic and Germany and were featured on Czech television during the American Bluegrass Festival in Prague. See video here.
April Newsletter catching you up on my new T-Shirt, my new website, new gigs and the upcoming IBMA Awards voting begins!
Excited to be performing a special set of music with Becky Buller, Ned Luberecki, Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes at the American Bluegrass Festival in Prague this May.
Here’s what’s coming up in May 2019. Hope to see you out there on the trail!
We have a BRAND NEW MISSY RAINES T-SHIRT DESIGN! Available in 3 colors; Blue, Tan, and Olive. Kid’s sizes, too!
I’ll be joining my gal pals Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, and Molly Tuttle (The First Ladies of Bluegrass) at the 46th Telluride Bluegrass Festival this June!
I recently recorded with Judah & The Lion, an American alternative band from Nashville, Tennessee. Along with special guests Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Forrest O’Conner and Kate Lee O’Conner, we joined forces with J&TL for a special bluegrass version of their single, “Over My Head”. It was a LOT of fun!!
“Over My Head” was Directed by Micheal Reuther and Produced by Youtube. Judah & The Lion is made up of Judah Akers (vocals, guitar), Brian Macdonald (mandolin, vocals), and Nate Zuercher (banjo, vocals). Their latest full album release is Pep Talks (2019) "Over my head (Bluegrass Live w/ Jerry Douglas & Dan Tyminski & Missy Raines)" is included as part of the "Pep Talks" Target Exclusive Album, for preorder here: https://www.target.com/p/judah-the-li... Target Exclusive comes with 2 extra songs and exclusive patch.
Some spring ‘head’ cleaning here on my blog…read more.
Hey folks, here's a brand new video of the quintessential banjo and bass duet, "Darlin’ Pal(s) of Mine" from my album, 'Royal Traveller'. My producer, gal pal, and favorite banjo player, Alison Brown, had the brilliant idea of bringing bass legends, Mike Bub and Todd Phillips, to create the ‘6 hands, 1 bass’ take on this classic Earl Scruggs and Jake Tullock duet. We had so much fun with the choreography on this one, we are truly dancing with the bass!
I love the Augusta Heritage Center in my home state of West Virginia and I’m so happy to share that I’ll be teaching Bass during Bluegrass Week this July 2019.
Thanks to the Reading Eagle for the write-up!
Excited to report “Royal Traveller” is at #2 in The Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Bluegrass Album Chart
Dutch Review of Royal Traveller
Sharing some personal news today. My latest blog, The Ides of March.
Thanks to Richard Thompson and Bluegrass Today for inviting me to “coffee” for Richard’s blog, “Having a Coffee with….” series.
I was honored to be asked to play bass on the all-star cast recording of “Live and Let Live”, featuring Laurie Lewis, Melody Walker and Justin Hiltner among others. The song was written with a clear message of inclusion and unqualified acceptance and speaks to the exact mission of Bluegrass Pride. A message very close to my heart! See the video here
I’m so looking forward to teaching Bass at Ashokan Bluegrass Camp this year along with dear friends, Claire Lynch, Laurie Lewis, Tony Trischka, Tim Stafford, Matt Flinner and Phil Leadbetter in the beautiful Catskill woods of New York.
I am so humbled and honored to be included in the American Currents Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame
I sat down with Justin Hiltner from Bluegrass Situation and we talked about the making of Royal Traveller and lots more.
“Unerringly affecting and exquisitely executed, Royal Traveller ought to take Raines to the wider recognition she so clearly deserves.”
“Exceptional musical arrangements permeate the album throughout, and the choice of musical covers has been astutely made. The influences that Raines has garnered and absorbed are truly eclectic and reflected fully in this project.”
We are headed to the iconic Floyd Country Store!
“Seven-time International Bluegrass Music Awards Bass Player of the Year winner Missy Raines has just released a new album that reasserts why she is so renowned. Royal Traveller features eleven songs that span bluegrass, indie folk, and jam grass with a jazz influence.”
“Raines’ is transcendent, both on the album and on stage during her release. Attuned to an unseen world, she seemed to be anchored deeply within her songs; driving the backbone with her ‘follow me’ bass runs. She was warm natured and focused, chawing in on the quick bluegrass progressions while calmly consoling the quick timbres of the other players. She was energetic yet also magnetically composed. “
My brand new album, Royal Traveller, produced by Alison Brown on Compass Records, is available today!
What an amazing night!
Happy to share that I’ll be teaching Bass at Bluegrass Camp Germany 2019! Looking forward to attending this camp at Fischbachau, Germany May 30 - June 2, 2019.
My single, “Swept Away” featuring Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull and Molly Tuttle, has been nominated for Recorded Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.