Missy Raines

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

Missy Raines
Born (1962-04-06) April 6, 1962 (age 59)
Short Gap, West Virginia
GenresBluegrass music
LabelsCompass, Pinecastle, Rounder
Associated actsClaire Lynch Band, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Helen Highwater, Missy Raines & the New Hip


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 ValleyEdit

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 RainesEdit

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 BandEdit

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, and was replaced by Mark Schatz.[6]

Missy Raines & the New HipEdit

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 StringbandEdit

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 SchoolEdit

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 LoveEdit

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 albumsEdit

  • 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 LynchEdit

  • 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 RainesEdit

With Helen Highwater StringbandEdit

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

As composerEdit

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

As producerEdit

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

Also appears onEdit

  • 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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