April Newsletter catching you up on my new T-Shirt, my new website, new gigs and the upcoming IBMA Awards voting begins!Read More
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.Read More
Here’s what’s coming up in May 2019. Hope to see you out there on the trail!Read More
We have a BRAND NEW MISSY RAINES T-SHIRT DESIGN! Available in 3 colors; Blue, Tan, and Olive. Kid’s sizes, too!Read More
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!Read More
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.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.Read More
Thanks to the Reading Eagle for the write-up!Read More
Excited to report “Royal Traveller” is at #2 in The Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Bluegrass Album ChartRead More
Dutch Review of Royal TravellerRead More
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.Read More
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 hereRead More
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.Read More
I am so humbled and honored to be included in the American Currents Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of FameRead More
I sat down with Justin Hiltner from Bluegrass Situation and we talked about the making of Royal Traveller and lots more.Read More