Archive for the ‘Mickey Raphael’ Category

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.

Mickey Raphael Interview, by Joe Nick Patoski

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family at Whitewater Amphitheater (April 21, 2018)

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Thanks again to Janis Tillerson, for sharing photos from last night’s Willie Nelson & Family show at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX.


Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Mickey Raphael

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Hand to Mouth

Mickey Raphael: Hand to Mouth

The Artists:

Mickey Raphael—Harmonica
Gene Rabbai, Jr.—Keyboards
Lee Michaels—Accordion
Ben Keith—Pedal Steel
Joe Lalo—Percussion
Billy Ray Austin—Guitar
Scott Page—Flute, Recorder
Willie Nelson—Guitar on Trude
Paul Butterfield—Harmonica Duet on Hand To Mouth

Track List

Don’t It Make You Wonder
Trude (with Willie Nelson)If I only had a brain/Somewhere Over the RainbowBlue Angel246 W 11th StAsia MinorMexicoThe SearchBreathlessAll My Love-parts 1 &2GypsyHand to Mouth

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Willie Nelson, Amos Lee, Mickey Raphael, “El Camino”

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018