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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.
Helen Highwater Stringband
Highwater’s Rising: An interview with the Helen Highwater Stringband
by Art DudleyFor 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.Read more here.