Award-winning bassist Missy Raines is on tour this week in California with her band, The New Hip. This brief run to the west coast began yesterday (6/3) in Berkeley, and continues through the week with stops in Felton, San Deigo, Alta Dena and Culver City.
Their appearances are sporadic, due to Missy’s commitments as a member of The Claire Lynch Band, so fans of adventurous acoustic music are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity when it arises. The music mixes elements of bluegrass with jazz and pop influences, combining acoustic and electric instruments and percussion with vocal harmony. Audio samples can be found online.
Missy now had the record for the annual awards given by the International Bluegrass Music Association, having taken the trophy for Bass Player of the Year for the sixth time in 2006. She has been honored with this distinction for her stellar live and recorded work through the years, both with Claire and in duo with Jim Hurst.
Joining Missy on stage as The New Hip will be Michael Wichter (dobro, lap steel), Megan McCormick (acoustic and electric guitars), Ethan Ballinger (mandolin and guitar) and David Heyer (percussion).
Find complete details for the CA tour on Missy’s web site.