missy raines & the new hip / Press

“On Missy Raines And The New Hip’s “New Frontier,” Missy Raines presents a drastically changed sound that’s more Radiohead than Earl Scruggs. In a move that Raines attributes to her natural musician’s curiosity, she hops on the indie Newgrass train to light out for new territory, along with bands like The Avett Brothers, The Civil Wars and The Lumineers, who have helped to popularize Americana and bluegrass by seamlessly blending their mandolins, banjos and heartfelt lyrics with harmonic guitars and pop sound structures. “New Frontier” covers a ton of ground, as Raines experiments with sound and expands her musical horizons, inviting listeners to ride along with her on this artistic expansion. Raines’s voice really sets the album apart, keeping the feel at times fierce and almost aggressive and then dialing down to a much more vulnerable, contemplative place. The juxtaposition of pop orchestration, lo-fi guitars and mandolins make for an incredibly interesting, layered s”

“Raines — who has won seven International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year awards — and her quintet deftly straddle and/or obliterate the lines between traditional acoustic bluegrass, jazz, fusion and R&B.”

“...A great show from one of the best acts from Merlefest 2009. If you saw Missy and the New Hip there, you'll know; if you missed them, you gotta get on the bus!”

“[Raines'] bass flowed beneath it all like an underground river. The audience was heated, then cooled by the careful selections and meticulous, impassioned playing.”

“[Inside Out] showcases the range of Missy's talent, as she leads her band of young acoustic aces through bluegrass, newgrass, pop and jazz terrains with solid yet inventive support, fluid solos, and engaging vocals.”

“....This music is bloody lovely.”

“Known for her ability to seamlessly fuse bluegrass virtuosity and jazz-tinged licks with a song-driven sensibility, Missy Raines’ bass has yet to meet a genre it can’t groove with.”

“'MerleFest 2009 Bands To Watch' Missy Raines and the New Hip are another much-buzzed-about band on the scene these days...pulling from contemporary country, jazz, bluegrass, and their own imaginations...”

"One of the world's best acoustic bassists."

“Missy Raines and the New Hip were jazzy, warm, and unexpectedly jam oriented—think Nickel Creek and Darrell Scott with a dash of Phish—novel, eclectic, and replete with fiery young talent.”

"You know how bluegrass folks talk about bridging the gap between generations? That's what Raines is doing here, and it seems to me that she's doing it very well."

“As a general rule, it’s their vocal numbers that brood and their instrumentals—like the jaunty jazz boogie “Stop, Drop & Wiggle”—that percolate with energy.”

““I knew it was going to be cool just based on the name of the band alone, but I had no idea just really how cool. There’s some really stellar picking here, some fine singing (I’ve always liked Missy’s voice) and some truly well-written material."”

“Missy Raines jumped off the front porch without a safety net. Since then, she’s been soaring.”

“Pop “Inside Out,” the new CD by Raines and the New Hip, into your player and get ready to hear jazz one minute, bluegrass the next and remarkable musicianship, ensemble and timing throughout.”

“The title [Inside Out]fits, since Raines, Michael Witcher, Dillon Hodges and Ethan Ballinger...take their bluegrass sensibilities and venture deep into playful jazz territory.”

"Raines takes particular pride in winning over old fans who are cautious about her new band. So far, they love it. It doesn't really surprise Raines."

"Forget about categories—this is just good stuff, both deep and enormously enjoyable…

“Bassist Missy Raines is a star in the bluegrass world, but her album New Frontier with her band the New Hip is an electric rock record. Much of it is 80s rock. Those songs sounds a lot like the Smiths, but with an emphasis on Johnny Marr guitar (Ethan Ballinger’s lingering, unresolved chords, surf allusions and distant angst) rather than what the Bushwick blog-pop groups steal from that band (cross your legs daintily and repeat with the proper affectation: “Oh, Bryce darling, it was nothing!”). The rest of the album is more straight-up janglerock than it is Americana-flavored. It turns out that 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. ”

"With her incredible bass playing aside, Missy's steamy vocals are also unique for the genre. She has the voice of a jazz singer mixed with country and pop influences."

“First of all, the biggest change to me isn’t that these 10 songs have more of an indie rock edge to them than her previous recordings (though they do). The biggest – and best – difference is that Missy sings on every song. You won’t miss the driving instrumentals that are staples of New Hip collections. The voice, smoky and smooth at the same time, calls to mind Stevie Nicks, but without the flowing capes and all the baggage and angst she brought to the stage with Fleetwood Mac. This is a solid vocal performance, from start to finish, and it leaves me wanting to hear more. The other big change from her past work is that the 10 songs collected here have a clearly defined common theme. These offerings are all about self-discovery and inevitability.”

““The new hip is making some of the greatest music you will ever hear - very innovative and bursting with talent.””

“Six International Bluegrass Music Association “Bass Player of the Year” awards later, Raines and her accompanying three-piece band are washing the mud from the feet of the genre and stylishly pushing it toward the more cosmopolitan newgrass.””

“Seven time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Raines isn’t resting on her bluegrass laurels. Instead, she’s brought together a startlingly gifted quintet that opts for groove over narrow stylistic consistency.”

"If jazz sounded like you guys, I would love jazz."

“Missy Raines brings her big, bad bluegrass bass to LibertyTown.”

“Missy Raines is one of those musicians who seems to defy all the laws of both nature and logic. How can someone be that small, and that good on such a large instrument? Why would a bass player front a band? She is exemplary at both these tasks.”

“Missy Raines...probably tops the very short list of superstar bluegrass bassists. She is a seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year, and is one of the few players to have developed a following for her skill on the bass fiddle. ”

“She's a leader, not a follower.”

“Would 'Father of Bluegrass' Bill Monroe consider Missy Raines' bass-fronted band sacrilegious? Not if he'd had the opportunity to hear them play, Raines believes: 'Monroe was an innovator.'”

“Seven time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Raines isn’t resting on her bluegrass laurels. Instead, she’s brought together a startlingly gifted quintet that opts for groove over narrow stylistic consistency.”

“Like fellow virtuosos Chris Thile, Mark O'Connor and Alison Brown, Raines decided to allow her skills some genre-blurring freedom.”

“The New Hip’s EP shows off the group’s range, from the melancholy, folk-leaning… to the swinging funk…”