Jim Hurst and Missy Raines (#918)

Two of the most creative and compelling performers in acoustic music join forces for an evening of bluegrass.

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Jim Hurst and Missy Raines’ unique sound is both sensitive and powerful and has been showcased on national TV shows such as TNN’s PrimeTime Country and This Week in Country Music. A performance and interviews with the duo taped at the 2003 Kentucky Lake Bluegrass Festival are featured on this edition of Jubilee.

Together, Hurst and Raines draw on their varied musical experiences to create a diverse blend of original acoustic, bluegrass, swing, and country blues. Nominated for the 2000 Emerging Artist of the Year Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association, the duo is rising to the top ranks of bluegrass.

Missy Raines, voted IBMA’s Bass Player of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001, was also named the 1999 Bass Fiddle Player of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America. And Bluegrass Now magazine readers voted her the 1999 Fans’ Choice Bass Player. Her solo recording My Place in the Sun was named one of the top five bluegrass recordings of 1998 by the Chicago Tribune and was nominated for IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year in 1999.

Jim Hurst, IBMA Guitar Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002, has been featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar magazine. He has toured with many top artists, including Trisha Yearwood and Holly Dunn, and was featured on Sara Evans’ recording No Place That Far. A single from that album reached #1 on the Billboard Magazine chart.

The two performers’ ability to cross genres with their music is evident on their debut duet album, Two. Regarded by bluegrass purists as edgy, it has been dubbed a “triumph” by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.