Based out of Nashville, TN, Missy Raines is considered to be one of the most respected, popular, and trailblazing figures in bluegrass today. A seven-time winner of the IBMA Bass player of the year award, she has backed greats such as Claire Lynch, Mac Weisman, Kenny Baker, and Peter Rowan. Raines now leads her own innovative and genre- bending band, The New Hip, which is a rich, jazz-tinged combination of her bluegrass roots and thick Americana.
With a smoky and seductive alto, Missy Raines, heads up this quartet featuring mandolin, guitars, bass, and percussion. The territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted center stage, directing with her bass every bit as much as she's playing it. Missy Raines and the New Hip are currently working on their 3rd album for Compass Records, slated to be released in late 2017, produced by Allison Brown, where the sounds are lush, the groove is thick, and the songs memorable.
Multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Rob Flax leads a band that doesn’t always fit in the bluegrass mold. In this special CD release show, Rob celebrates his self-released debut (out digitally 9/29) with a dynamic and exuberant trio featuring Jacob Matheus on guitar and Rob Taylor on bass.