Inside Out

Inside Out

by Missy RainesMissy Raines


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The CD case advises store owners to file this one under "bluegrass," but it's not clear why. Granted, Missy Raines is a nearly legendary bassist in bluegrass circles, but her latest solo project features little to no bluegrass; instead, it ranges far and wide pursuing a varied agenda that covers jazz, new acoustic swing, funk, and a sort of country-flavored pop. Not all of it succeeds: the title track opens the program on a vague and unfocused note, trying for jazz but just sounding like noodling. But "Basket of Singing Birds" nicely showcases her warm, slightly sultry voice and "Duke of Paducah" is a softly impressive instrumental that tightens up the jazz groove considerably by adding an element of Southern R&B to the mix. "Pootie Tang," however, falls flat -- it's hard to do acoustic funk convincingly, and when you do it unconvincingly the results can be a bit embarrassing. But it can be done well, as the band demonstrates later on the excellent "Stop, Drop & Wiggle." The emotional centerpiece of the album is Raines' instrumental tribute to her recently deceased father, a gorgeous composition entitled "Ides of March." It's uneven and fans of her more mainstream bluegrass work may be puzzled, but there's plenty to enjoy on this album.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397449821
catalogNumber: 4498
Rank: 62571

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Missy Raines   Primary Artist,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Acoustic Bass
John Burr   Piano,Hammond Organ
Matt Flinner   Mandolin
Doug Belote   Drums
Michael Witcher   Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Ethan Ballinger   Mandolin,Mandola
Megan McCormick   Guitar,Vocals
Dillon Hodges   Guitar

Technical Credits

Laurie Lewis   Composer
Mike Marshall   Composer
Eddie Lynn Snodderly   Composer
Missy Raines   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Gabe Witcher   Composer
Ben Surratt   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Michael Witcher   Cover Photo
Ethan Ballinger   Composer
Megan McCormick   Composer
Dillon Hodges   Composer
Mike Witcher   Composer
David Heyer   Composer

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