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CorrespondentMarch 20, 2014 

Missy Raines and the New Hip bring their grassified rhythms and other musical treats to the ArtsCenter in Carrboro Friday for an evening of progressive, bass-driven delights.

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    • Friday night, the Grass Cats perform traditional bluegrass during BBQ and Bluegrass at Nash Arts Center in Nashville ( nasharts.org). On Saturday, it’s John McCutcheon at the ArtsCenter and the Duhks at Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw.

Despite their pivotal role in anchoring rhythms for flashy guitar, banjo, or fiddle breaks, bass players seldom receive the attention they deserve. Bassists usually linger behind, helping others shine while content in their supporting role. Missy Raines is a different sort of bassist. A seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year and former member of the Claire Lynch Band, Raines fronts her own highly acclaimed quartet, Missy Raines and the New Hip. Grounded in ’grass, the band combines jazz, rock and other musical forms into a rare blend of creativity that propels fans to move as gracefully as Raines handles the double bass. Friday night, Missy Raines and the New Hip bring their grassified rhythms and other musical treats to the ArtsCenter in Carrboro for an evening of progressive, bass-driven delights.

More info at artscenterlive.org.

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