Archive for the ‘Mickey Raphael’ Category

Mickey Raphael, on harmonicas

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael

Thursday, July 15th, 2021


Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Mickey Raphael, on Harmonicas

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

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

1.  Don’t It Make You Wonder
2 Trude (with Willie Nelson) 
3 If I only had a brain/Somewhere Over the Rainbow
4 Blue Angel 
5 246 W 11th St 
6 Asia Minor 
7 Mexico-co 
8 The Search 
9 Breathless
10All My Love-parts 1 &2
12 Hand to Mouth

But Mickey is so good, and the way he weaves his music around and under Willie’s singing and guitar playing, it’s pure magic. He makes it look easy, and it can’t be easy following Willie’s phrasing and the way he sings songs different every time.

You can sample Mickey’s album at his web site at,  He has recorded throughout the years with many artists, ranging from Elton John, U-2, Motley Crue, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Wayne Shephard, Neil Young, many others, and for several decades, Willie Nelson.  He said in an interview recently that he will be releasing another album soon, which is good news.

There’s a couple recordings I have, tapes of shows, I think, when Mickey plays a solo and then Willie goes, “Aaahhh, Mickey.”  And whenever Mickey gives an interview, he talks about what a big fan he is of Willie, so it is seems a truly a mutual admiration thing between them.

To listen to Mickey’s cds, or purchase a cd, or just see some great pictures of Mickey and Willie and the band, visit .

Mickey Raphael on harmonicas

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Photo: Janis Tillerson

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

“I don’t smoke weed to get high,” — Willie Nelson

Saturday, December 5th, 2020

Happy birthday Mickey Raphael, Joni Mitchell, Steve Bruton (November 7)

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

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.

Paul Engish and Mickey Raphael

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Mickey Raphael, “I’m Going Fishing”

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Paul English and Mickey Raphael

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Mickey Raphael and Paul English

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Paul English and Mickey Raphael

Friday, March 27th, 2020