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Missy Raines Interviews Mark Schatz

Missy recently had the amazing Mark Schatz over to her home studio!

Mark Schatz is an American bassist, banjoist, mandolinist, and clogger who has recorded and toured with artists such as albums for artists such as Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Jerry Douglas, Maura O'Connell, Tony Rice, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Tim O'Brien. He is a two time International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year award winner. Schatz toured and recorded with acclaimed progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek from 2003 until the start of the band's indefinite hiatus in late 2007. Schatz is also a renowned solo artist who has recorded two solo albums on Rounder Records, his debut produced by Bela Fleck. His band, "Mark Schatz & Friends", is composed of Schatz, Casey Driessen, Missy Raines, and Jim Hurst. Schatz has produced albums for various bluegrass artists including The Duhks.

Missy rolled the cameras and interviewed Mark extensively. In this 2+ hour long interview series, they cover more than you can imagine! Missy and Mark chat about everything from Mark's background and influences to tips and techniques on the bass.

Enjoy Missy's treat for her students here. Not a member of Missy Raines Bluegrass Bass school yet? Click here for sample lessons!

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