New look for The New Hip

Missy Raines & The New HipMissy Raines has announced a number of changes with her touring group, The New Hip, and has recently signed with the Nashville-based agency Lost Buffalo Artists for representation.

The New Hip has welcomed Jake Stargel in on guitar. A veteran of several successful groups like Mountain Heart and Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Stargell brings Missy’s sound back to its acoustic roots, and his fiery flatpicking and smooth accompaniment style should be a perfect fit for her eclectic presentation.

Also new is David Benedict on mandolin, and a new stage setup where the band performs around a single microphone. Cody Martin remains on drums with Missy on bass.

Mollie Farr, principal with Lost Buffalo Artists is overjoyed to have Missy and her group with the agency.

”I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Missy Raines & the New Hip come on board with the Lost Buffalo team. Adding the group to the roster is an honor, and I can’t think of another group of musicians who so naturally fits the Lost Buffalo model and ethos.”

Here’s a recent video of them live to give a taste of their sound.


Look for Missy and the boys at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh next month, where they will be performing as an invited Bluegrass Ramble showcase act. Missy has also been nominated for the organization’s Bass Player of the Year award, one she has won 7 times in the past.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.