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"Cobb, Compton, Grier and Raines.  Musicians who play with precision and exquisite synchronization.  Singing around one microphone, their music is immaculately quantized, yet incredibly human, like a heart.  Everything about stringband timing wrapped up in that relaxed, tick-tock, rock-steady beat and there's nobody better in the world than these veterans." - Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots
It was just another night in Nashville: four friends—revered acoustic musicians—got together in a living room. The music bounced, danced, gathered strength, and lifted them in a way that only happens with the right players.

So, they formed a band and named it Helen Highwater—the tough, whimsical goddess of string band music. It’s David Grier on guitar, Missy Raines on bass, Mike Compton on mandolin, Shad Cobb on fiddle, and power vocals from all four, now available for booking.

These are musicians who have performed for decades. Their music is rooted but not frozen, recognizable but not predictable, comfy but not smug. It’s also a steel-railed groove of steam-powered drive—Gid Tanner and Bill Monroe stoking the coal car and one band barreling ahead, eyes around the curve.
Fretboard Journal Features
Helen Highwater Stringband

Highwater’s Rising: An interview with the Helen Highwater Stringband

by Art Dudley

For music lovers, the word supergroup can bring to mind very good jazz, very profitable arena-rock, or a Three Tenors fundraiser on PBS. While bluegrass music hasn’t been immune to the whole supergroup thing, such coalitions in the genre are usually short-lived—and more often than not they don’t get the acclaim they deserve until they’re long gone.  

Thus it was with greater-than-average interest that we greeted the news, in late 2012, of the forming of a true bluegrass supergroup: the Helen Highwater Stringband, comprising Shad Cobb on fiddle and vocals, Mike Compton on mandolin and vocals, David Grier on guitar and vocals, and Missy Raines on bass and vocals.

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