• Missy Raines – Ides of March

    As a songwriter, I’ve been curious about the origins of a somber tune Missy Raines wrote called Ides of March since I first heard it in 2008. So with March 15 approaching, I decided to ask. Missy was a few weeks

  • Bass Strummit 2011 report

    David Morris attended Bass Strummit III as the winner of Barry Bales’ Have Bass, Will Travel video contest on Bluegrass Today. Here, he shares his thoughts from the workshop. If you need to reach him, he’s probably practicing. Sorry, honey, but

  • Mike Witcher exits New Hip

    Mike Witcher, who has played resonator guitar with Missy Raines and the New Hip since its inception in 2002, has announced his departure from the group. In addition to being a fine musician, Witcher also has a photography business, and

  • Exit Jim Hurst

    Jim Hurst has announced his departure from The Claire Lynch Band after 10 years of faithful service. He worked with her as a member of The Front Porch String Band from 1995-2000, and again with The Claire Lynch Band from

  • Eddie and Martha benefit report

    We posted last month about the benefit concert for Eddie & Martha Adcock, held to help them overcome the financial difficulties they face as a result of Eddie's medical issues this past year. Scott Street, an attorney in Richmond, VA

  • Busy week for Katy Daley

    In addition to preparing for IBMA, WAMU's Bluegrass Country host Katy Daley has several big interviews on tap this week during her morning show. This morning (9/23) at 9:00 a.m. (EDT), Katy will speak with Valerie Smith about her 3rd annual

  • New reso book from Mike Witcher

    Mike Witcher, current reso man with Missy Raines & The New Hip, has published a second instructional book for resonator guitar. Resonator Guitar: 20 Bluegrass Jam Favorites contains precisely what the title suggests. Mike has created intermediate level arrangements for 20

  • Bluegrass ladies in the Wall Street Journal

    Today's Wall Street Journal has an article on Alison Brown and her company, Compass Records, that also includes brief interviews with three Compass artists who have recent releases - Dale Ann Bradley, Missy Raines, and Brown herself. The article - The

  • Missy Raines youth movement continues unabated

    Missy Raines' fine band, The New Hip, keeps getting younger, and Missy just keeps getting... better! She has announced that Dominick Leslie, mandolinist l'enfant terrible currently studying at the Berklee College of Music, will be joining her on the road this