HVBA February Concert: The Missy Raines Band
67 S. Randolph Avenue - Poughkeepsie, NY
$20 at the Door
Rare is the bassist who becomes the leader of a bluegrass band, but Missy Raines is one happy exception, for her golden voice may be her finest instrument. Backed by her talent as a songwriter, the multi-disciplinary combination has made her one of the most widely recognized and most admired women in the bluegrass world.
Her most recent release, "Royal Traveller," has been nominated for a Grammy as 2019's Best Bluegrass Album, and she has been named the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Association's Bass Player of the Year--an honor that she had previously won seven times. (In 1998, Raines was the first woman to ever win that award.) And the beat goes on: Missy's "Royal Traveller" rendition of the iconic Flatt & Scruggs favorite "Darlin' Pal(s) of Mine" was selected by the IBMA as the 2019 Instrumental Recording of the Year.
Missy Raines will perform for the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association on February 8 at 7:30 pm, at the Universal Fellowship, at 67 South Randolph Avenue. (Tickets $20 at the door.) She'll be accompanied by Ben Garnett on guitar, Matt Flinner playing the mandolin, and fiddler Avery Merritt.
Texan Ben Garnett, currently Nashville-based, is an eclectic musician whose skills span many genres--Western swing, gypsy and modern jazz, country, rock, soul and of course bluegrass. He has toured with Missy Raines and her Circus No. 9 band and will be releasing his debut solo record this spring.
Matt Flinner, who has forged a strong reputation both playing and composing acoustic music in new ways, has been called "perhaps the most exciting and creative mandolinist on the scene today." His two solo CDs, "Latitude" and "The View From Here," are considered to be classics in the new acoustic/modern bluegrass style. He has toured with Steve Martin, Tony Trischka, Alison Brown and a wide variety of other bluegrass greats and has his own touring group, the Matt Flinner Trio.
Berklee College of Music grad Avery Merritt got his first violin when he was four and never looked back. He has become a superbly accomplished bluegrass and multi-style fiddler as he strives to push the boundaries of modern fiddle playing with a new acoustic sound. Merritt has studied with many premier jazz violinists as well and has won numerous fiddling awards and scholarships. He tours with his own band, Mudskippers.
For an evening of contemporary bluegrass with some traditional notes, don't miss Missy's HVBA concert.
The HVBA hosts two monthly jam sessions!
The Manor at Woodside
168 Academy Street
Held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
All of our jam sessions feature the Slow Jam, which happens during the first 60 minutes. From 6:30 to 7:30, we invite you to play at a sane pace in a supportive, non-competitive environment. The regular jam begins at 7:30 and all level players are welcome for the entire evening.
For info, call Lynn at 914.456.1981
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