Engaging Bluegrass Songs with a Rock Sensibility

Missy Raines and The New Hip - New Frontier
Missy Raines and The New Hip – New Frontier
Missy Raines and The New Hip

New Frontier (Compass Records, 2013)

Bassist, vocalist and composer Missy Raines is one of the celebrated talents of the contemporary bluegrass scene. Her 2013 album, titled New Frontier, still contains some of that bluegrass essence, although she adds a strong electric element in the form of slow drawn-out indie rock guitar inspired by the Smiths.

Even though you’ll find occasional great solos throughout the album, New Frontier is essentially a vocal album, showcasing Raines ability as a singer. The bluegrass jam and jazz explorations of previous recordings have been replaced by engaging songs with a rock sensibility. The material on the album includes songs written by Pierce Pettis, Sarah Siskind, Ed Snodderly, Zach Bevill and Raines herself.

The lineup on New Frontier includes guitarist and co-producer Ethan Ballinger, mandolinist Jarrod Walker, drummer Josh Fox and Raines on vocals and upright bass. Guest appearances include Sam Bush, The Farewell Drifters’ Zach Bevill and former New Hip percussionist Robert Crawford.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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