• Artist2Artist: Meaning Beyond The Verse

    “Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art.” – Ursula Le Guin There are lyrics which transcend the words that are chosen, rising above the

  • Artist2Artist – Missy Raines

    If you are a touring musician, it happens to you. If you are a new performer, it probably happens more often than you would like. They are the bane of every performing musician: pre-show jitters, on-stage distractions, and getting bummed

  • Missy Raines Explores a New Frontier

    Sometimes, you just have to chase a dream, even if it threatens to push you – or your fans -- out of the comfort zone. That’s what Missy Raines did on New Frontier, the latest Compass Records release from Missy

  • A Stars & Bars Reunion

    It’s a good thing Joe Zauner was hungry one night while visiting his aunt and uncle 35 years ago. It cemented his place in bluegrass folklore. Zauner, a picker from the Washington D.C. suburbs, chose a western Maryland pizza shop that

  • Breaking news from Missy Raines

    If you catch Missy Raines playing a show in the next few weeks, it’ll be hard to miss her newest accessory – a dark sling to help immobilize her right arm and shoulder. Missy fell in a Y gym in mid-January, fracturing the humerus

  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    As a Bluegrass Today correspondent, I get to listen to a lot of music during the year. Some on CDs, some live. Some traditional bluegrass, some most definitely not. Some of it terrific, some of it, well, not so much. But

  • Helen Highwater rises in Nashville

    A new band is set to hit the scene, combining four Nashville superpickers itching to play together. David Grier is on guitar, Missy Raines on bass, Mike Compton on mandolin, and Shad Cobb on fiddle. They have chosen the clever name

  • A Tag-Team Call for Diversity

    Get over it, already. Missy Raines and Chris Jones didn’t say it quite so bluntly, but that was the underlying message of their keynote address to kick off IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Conference Monday in Nashville. Using humor, a bit of self-deprecation

  • A New Frontier for Missy Raines

    There’s a lot going on in Missy Raines’ life these days. She’s in the studio with her band, The New Hip, working on a new album called New Frontier. Plus, she’s in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to help pay

  • Folk Remedies from Steve Spurgin

    California singer/songwriter Steve Spurgin has had a long career in acoustic music, weaving his way in and out of the bluegrass world over the years. Moving out west from his native Texas in the 1960s, he eventually found his way into