Guitarist Jim Hurst and bassist Missy Raines are two of the most creative and compelling performers in acoustic music today. Creating a diverse blend of original, new acoustic, bluegrass, swing, and country blues.
This duo received 3 nominations this year by the International Bluegrass Music Association:,Emerging Artist of the Year for the duo, Jim- Guitar Player of the Year and Missy- Bass Player of the Year.
Missy Raines is y IBMA's "Bass Player of the Year" for 1999 and 1998 the 1999 Bass Fiddle Player of the Year for SPBGMA, and, Bluegrass Now magazine readers voted Missy the 1999 Fan's Choice Bass Player. Jim Hurst was featured on the cover of the Jan/Feb 1999 issue of Flatpicking Guitar magazine. Jim has toured with many top artists such as Trisha Yearwood and Holly Dunn and most recently was featured on Sara Evans RCA/BMG recording "No Place That Far".
Missy's debut recording "My Place In The Sun" MR Records, was named one of the Top Five Bluegrass Recordings of 1998 by the Chicago Tribune. It was also nominated as Instrumental Album of the Year by the IBMA in 1999.
Jim and Missy also still tour and record occasionally with Grammy-nominee Claire Lynch and The Front Porch String Band.
Jim & Missy's CD "Two" (released on Pinecastle last year), shows off their individual talents as well as their sound. It's great! And watch for Jim's new CD "Second Son" to be released early next year.