Missy Raines

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Missy Raines
Born (1962-04-06) April 6, 1962 (age 56)
Short Gap, West Virginia
Genres Bluegrass music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass
Labels Compass, Pinecastle, Rounder
Associated acts Claire Lynch Band, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Helen Highwater, Missy Raines & the New Hip

Missy Raines (born April 6, 1962) is a bassist, singer, teacher, and songwriter. She has won seven International Bluegrass Music Awards for Bass Player of the Year.[1]


Hailing from Short Gap, West Virginia, Raines began playing bass and touring professionally as a teenager.[2] Today she is a respected bluegrass musician, playing both straight-ahead bluegrass and more progressive forms of music.

She has worked with legends such as Mac Wiseman, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, and Eddie & Martha Adcock to current artists such as Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Dudley Connell, and Don Rigsby, and the Brother Boys.

Cloud Valley[edit]

Raines was a member of the progressive bluegrass band Cloud Valley with Bill Evans (banjo), Charlie Rancke (guitar), and Steve Smith (mandolin).[3] They released two albums: A Bluegrass Ensemble in 1983 and Live In Europe in 1985.

Jim Hurst and Missy Raines[edit]

Missy Raines toured extensively from 1998- 2005 in a duo with Jim Hurst. They recorded two albums for the Pinecastle label: Two in 1999 and Synergy in 2003.[4][5]

Claire Lynch Band[edit]

Missy and Jim re-joined the Claire Lynch Band in 2005 (along with David Harvey) when Lynch returned to the road after a hiatus. The band recorded two more albums: New Day and Crowd Favorites, both on Rounder Records. Missy left the band in 2008, asnd was replaced by Mark Schatz.[6]

Missy Raines & the New Hip[edit]

In 2008, Missy established her Americana/jazz-tinged ensemble Missy Raines & The New Hip, who have released two albums on the Compass label: Inside Out released February 10, 2009, and New Frontier released September 2013. Besides Missy, the New Hip includes Ethan Ballinger (guitar), Jarrod Walker (mandolin), and Cody Walker drums.[7]

Helen Highwater Stringband[edit]

Raines is a member of the bluegrass supergroup the Helen Highwater Stringband, along with Mike Compton, David Grier, and Shad Cobb. They released an eponymous EP in 2015.[8]

Online Bass School[edit]

In 2011, she began teaching double bass online at the Online Bluegrass Bass School with Missy Raines, as part of the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass.[9]

I'll Take Love[edit]

Missy co-produced and played on the Compass release "I'll Take Love", a collection of Louisa Branscomb's songs sung by a top list of artists including The Whites, Alison Krauss, Claire Lynch, Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Josh Williams, John Cowan, and more.[10]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1998: My Place In The Sun (self-released)
  • 2009: Inside Out (Compass) with The New Hip
  • 2013: New Frontier (Compass) with The New Hip[11]
  • 2018: Royal Traveller (Compass)

With Claire Lynch[edit]

  • 1997: Silver And Gold (Rounder)
  • 2000: Love Light (Rounder)
  • 2006: New Day (Rounder)
  • 2007: Crowd Favorites (Rounder)
  • 2012: Hills of Alabam (Rebel)

With Jim Hurst and Missy Raines[edit]

With Helen Highwater Stringband[edit]

  • 2015: Helen Highwater Stringband EP (self-released)

As composer[edit]

  • 2006: April Verch - Take Me Back (Rounder) - track 3, "All In A Night" (co-written with Claire Lynch)

As producer[edit]

  • 1995: The Abeels - The Abeels (self-released)

Also appears on[edit]

  • 1982: Cloud Valley - A Bluegrass Ensemble (Outlet)
  • 1985: Cloud Valley - Live in Europe (Strictly Country)
  • 1987: Eddie Adcock & Talk of the Town - Eddie Adcock & Talk of the Town (CMH)
  • 1990: Masters - Saturday Night Fish Fry (CMH)
  • 1990: Mac Wiseman - Grassroots to Bluegrass (CMH)
  • 1995: Bill Evans - Native and Fine (Rounder)
  • 2000: Alison Brown - Fair Weather (Compass) - bass on track 6, "Hummingbird"
  • 2001: Mike Burns - Walk the Water's Edge (North Co Music)
  • 2003: White House - White House (Pinecastle)
  • 2004: K. C. Groves - Something Familiar (Skylark)
  • 2005: Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike - That's What Love Can Do (Bell Buckle)
  • 2010: Toy Hearts - Femme Fatale (Woodville)
  • 2015: Sam Gleaves - Ain't We Brothers (Community Music)
  • 2016: Kate Campbell - The K.O.A Tapes, Vol. 1 (Large River)
  • 2017: Bobby Osborne - Original (Compass)


  1. ^ "Past International Bluegrass Music Award Recipients". IBMA. Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Liebman, John (December 24, 2012). "Missy Raines exclusive interview". For Bass Players Only. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Hicks Henry, Murphy (May 1, 2013). Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass (1 ed.). ISBN 9780252095887. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Dean, Vicki (January 18, 2017). "Interview: Bluegrass star Missy Raines on stepping into the spotlight". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Jim Hurst & Missy Raines". Walnut Valley Festival. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  6. ^ staff writer (January 10, 2008). "Missy Raines leaves Claire Lynch Band, Mark Schatz named new bassist". Country Standard Time. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Missy Raines And The New Hip On Mountain Stage". NPR. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Dudley, Art (April 1, 2017). "Highwater's Rising: An interview with the Helen Highwater Stringband". Fretboard Journal. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Johnson, Kevin (July 26, 2012). "New Grass: An Interview With Missy Raines". New Grass. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Thompson, Richard (April 14, 2011). "Louisa Branscomb – I'll Take Love". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  11. ^ Peterson, Jae (November 11, 2013). "Missy Raines and The New Hip – New Frontier". No Depression. Retrieved June 21, 2017.

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