Missy Raines & The New Hip blur the lines between jazz, bluegrass, and rhythm'n'blues- redefining the acoustic/electric/hybrid landscape. Is it 'jam jazz'? 'jazz grass'? 'rhythm'n'blues-grass'?
Doesn't matter what you call it. The New Hip, led by multi award-winning bassist Missy Raines, delivers a powerful punch of groove-based (and BASS-ed groove) lines, soulful vocals, and full on funk rave-ups.
"...an ensemble perfectly balanced between brilliantly composed precision and equally brilliant spontaneity." Jon Weisberger, The Nashville Scene
Drawing from a deep well of songwriters who specialize in the sophisticated to the intimate- Bonnie Raitt, Ed Snodderly and Pierce Pettis among them- Missy Raines & The New Hip add their own vibey-oh- so-laid-back tunes and outright rocking romps to the mix. This is an ensemble perfectly balanced between brilliantly composed precision and equally brilliant spontaneity.
Using bass, guitars, mandolin and drums, the territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted right in the center of the stage directing with her bass every bit as much as she's playing it.