Nice feature on Missy Raines & the New Hip in today’s Chattanooga Now. Check it out, but above all catch her live tonight. As a special treat, Missy’s good friend and musical associate Nathan Bell will open.
Missy Raines & the New Hip shake up Barking Legs
If you go
› What: Missy Raines & the New Hip in concert, with Nathan Bell opening.
› When: 7:30 p.m. today, Jan. 19.
› Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.
› Admission: $15.
› Phone: 423-624-5347.
› Website: www.barkinglegs.org.
Missy Raines – bass and vocals
Jake Stargel – acoustic guitar and vocals
David Benedict — mandolin and vocals
Cody Martin – drums
Missy Raines is a seven-time recipient of the Bass Player of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association and a former member of the Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch Band and the acclaimed duo Jim Hurst & Missy Raines. She is also a quality singer and bandleader, as well as one of the most respected and trailblazing figures in bluegrass.
She showcases all of that on her latest album, “New Frontier,” with her band, the New Hip.
The 10 songs were written by Pierce Pettis, Sarah Siskind, Ed Snodderly and Raines herself, and she enlists the help of some genre-bending friends, including Sam Bush, Zach Bevill of the Farewell Drifters and former New Hip drummer Robert Crawford.
Raines and he New Hip will perform tonight, Jan. 19, at Barking Legs Theater. Local singer/songwriter Nathan Bell will open the show. The two acts are more than familiar with each other.
“Missy and her band were an integral part of my latest album [‘I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love’],” Bell says.
For Raines, “New Frontier” was a journey to find her voice, figuratively as well as literally. It features an inspiring message of exploration and growth that implores listeners to take the message to heart.
“At many levels, you keep doing what you need to do because you have to. Because there’s just no other option,” Raines says in a news release. “The good news is that if you keep doing it, you will prevail.”
What the press has written about Missy Raines:
“A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.”
– Icon Magazine
“Raines is not only a superb bassist but also an excellent singer, with a matter-of-fact, low-key delivery that’s sometimes hushed, sometimes seductive, sometimes channeling a simmering unease.”
– New York Music Daily
“The New Hip, along with bands such as the Avetts and Churchill, add their brilliance to the swiftly growing collection of Newgrass artists that have brought southern music to the mainstream.
– Deep South Magazine