Missy Raines on CMT.com

February 20, 2009
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Missy Raines is well-known in bluegrass circles for her expressive plunking on the acoustic bass. Indeed, she’s been named bass player of the year seven times by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), more often than anybody else. On Tuesday (Feb. 10), she finally released her first album as a bandleader, Inside Out, on Compass Records. The arrangements sometimes veer closer to jazz than bluegrass, but I can tell you this for sure - it’s all interesting. The high level of creativity can be credited to Raines’ wise decision to surround herself with young pickers like Michael Witcher on lap steel and resophonic guitar, Dillon Hodges on guitar and Ethan Ballinger on mandolin. She wrote the meandering title track with another young Nashville musician, Megan McCormick, who also sings and plays on a few tracks. You know how bluegrass folks talk about bridging the gap between generations? That’s what Raines is doing here, and it seems to me that she’s doing it very well.

Four Stars for Jeb Loy Nichols’ Parish Bar in The Independent

February 06, 2009
Independent

"Jeb Loy Nichols describes Parish Bar as ’some covers, some jazz, some country, some soul... what it sounds like at my house’. If so, Nichols’ house sounds like the place to be, never more so than when he’s spinning "CountryMusicDisco45", the infectious lead-off track...’ writes Andy Gill in today’s edition of The Independent.

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To visit Jeb Loy Nichols’ artist page, please click here.
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