With special guest Cooper Anstett
Missy Raines & the New Hip
Based out of Nashville, TN, Missy Raines is considered to be one of the most respected, popular, and trailblazing figures in bluegrass today. A seven-time winner of the IBMA Bass player of the year award, she has backed greats such as Claire Lynch, Mac Weisman, Kenny Baker, and Peter Rowan. Raines now leads her own innovative and genre-bending band, The New Hip, which is a rich, jazz-tinged combination of her bluegrass roots and thick Americana.
With a smoky and seductive alto, Missy Raines, heads up this quartet featuring mandolin, guitars, bass, and percussion. The territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted center stage, directing with her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it. Missy Raines and the New Hip are currently working on their 3rd album for Compass Records, slated to be released in 2017, produced by Allison Brown — featuring Jack Stargel, John Mailander, and Cody Martin, the sounds are lush, the groove is thick, and the songs memorable.
Growing up in the suburban confines of Detroit, Cooper is well aware of the influences of his automotive industrial hometown and its Motown, rock and hip-hop heroes. However, it was the combined early influences of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Amos Lee, Mason Jennings and Donovan Frankenreiter that captured his attention and began his passion for songwriting. From there he has honed his own mature, rich organic vocal that is being compared to George Ezra and Sam Hunt. More importantly, he has a knack for creating unique melodies and lyrics that imply he is just getting started.
At an early age, athletics filled Cooper’s extracurricular activities. Primarily, it was an all-consuming hockey career which extended into college and ironically became the crossroads to a music career. At the same time there was a fixation on music that began as a middle-schooler and expanded into song-writing with a high school band which was getting some local attention. Increasingly drawn to his music, the time demands of college hockey became the stimulus for a series of introspective songs that would open up new career opportunities. One of those new breaks was a chance to develop his own collaborative song writing style in Nashville. The result was his first professional EP, For A Reason, that reached number 12 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart in the fall of 2014.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in April Cooper has been working on new music and songwriting in Nashville, TN where he currently lives.