Singer, songwriter, and bass player, MISSY RAINES was the first woman to win IBMA’s BassPlayer of the Year award in 1998, and has gone on to win this honor eight times. Starting her career playing for bluegrass legend Eddie Adcock, Raines has gone on to play with The Brother Boys, Ed Snodderly, and Claire Lynch and The Front Porch String Band, until pursuing her solo career in 2009. With her latest album, the Grammy nominated Royal Traveller, Raines has stepped into the spotlight as a songwriter.
In the "A Place in the Band: Women in Bluegrass and American Roots Music" discussion series, North Carolina singer-songwriter and social activist, Laurelyn Dossett, speaks with women in the music business, including musicians and others involved behind the scenes in the music industry. During these conversations, the women share behind the scenes stories, talk about their role models and mentors, discuss issues they've encountered specific to women in the industry, and highlight changes they've seen over the years. The individual stories show the collective strength and possibilities for women in bluegrass and American roots music.