Archive for the ‘Mickey Raphael’ Category

Mickey Raphael at BillyBob’s (November 16, 2018)

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Thank you, Janis from Texas, for these photos of Mickey Raphael from Billy Bob’s

Happy birthday, Mickey Raphael

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

Happy birthday, Mickey Raphael! Thanks for the music.



Mickey Raphael, Joni Mitchell and the late Stephen Bruton shared a birthday — November 7th. This is a picture taken in 1992 at their birthday dinner, in Los Angeles.

Willie Nelson and Jody Payne, “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother”

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Warren Haynes, with Mickey Raphael “Soul Shine” (Farm Aid 2007)

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Willie Nelson’s new film, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come” at Austin Film Festival (Oct. 27, 2018)

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

all photos:  Janis Tillerson

Thank you so much to dear Janis Tillerson from Texas for her great photos from the showing at the Austin Film Festival of the movie, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come” yesterday.  The movie was filmed at Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas western town/movie set on his ranch outside of Austin, and it’s fun to see his ranch as a big part of the movie.

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” was written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson and stars Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling.


The film will be shown again on Monday, October 29th, at:  For tickets to Monday’s showing:

Monday October 29, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm Galaxy Highland screen 7 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

The film has a website and FaceBook page where you can keep up on news of the film.


Mickey Raphael at Farm Aid 2018

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Thanks, Jeff Whitson, for this picture of Mickey performing with Chris Stapleton at Farm Aid yesterday.

Mickey Raphael on harmonicas

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

photo:  Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything i’ll Ever Do Again”

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Mickey Raphael #1 Harmonica Player

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

James Court and Ben Haggard

“Willie Got There First” — Seth Avett’s tribute to Willie Nelson

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Seth Avett  wrote and performed this tribute to Willie Nelson, “Willie Got There First”, which will appear on the Asleep at the Wheel album ‘New Routes’, out September 14, 2018

The album was recorded for the project by Seth Avett, Scott Avett and Ray Benson with Asleep At The Wheel.  The recording also features Mickey Raphael on harmonica and Bobbie Nelson on piano.

Mickey Raphael, Bobbie Nelson, Bee Spears

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Mickey Raphael with Head and the Heart, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic (2018)

Monday, July 9th, 2018

More great photos from Janis Tillerson from Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic, Mickey Raphael sits in with the Head and the Heart.

Mickey Raphael on harmonicas

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

photo:  Taylor Hill

Amos Lee with Willie Nelson, “El Camino”

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Mickey Raphael talks about touring with Highwaymen “It was like Mount Rushmore on Stage” (interview by Alison Richter)

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
by:   Alison Richter

Mickey Raphael, Nelson’s harmonica player since 1973, remembers when he first heard about plans to make an album, following that Christmas concert. “Chips Moman was Willie’s producer at the time,” he says.

“I was driving Chips and Willie’s manager, Mark Rothbaum, around L.A. in my Acura Legend. We were packed into this two-door car, going to dinner, and they were talking about the four guys making this record. They were going to pitch the idea to Willie, and I’m going, ‘Wishful thinking. This will never happen. You’ll never get the four guys to agree to this. I hope you can pull it off.’ Apparently, they got Willie’s blessing, because pretty soon we were going to Nashville to record.”


Read Alison Richter’s entire, great interview with Mickey, and see more pictures and videos here.