Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael, in the recording studio


This picture is from a new article written by Elianne Halbersberg, about musicians, and how they can get the most out of their time spent in the recording studio.  You can read her article at

Her current article is entited “Studio Preparation:  What You Should Know Before You Go.”     For her article, she interviewed artists and music producers, and asked what advice they would give musicians,  before they headed into the recording studio.    Her panel of experts included Mickey Raphael; Michael Wagener; Jason Burleson; Johnny K; John Leventhal and  Bruce Kulick, of Kiss, and others.

I’ve posted several of Elianne’s articles  here that she’s written about Willie Nelson and the band.     Like many generous Willie Nelson fans out there (and you know who you are), she kindly sends links to articles and videos from time to time, and I just recently made the connection that she was the author of all these other articles.  She is a big music lover, and smart about the music business, but most of all I enjoy reading her articles because she is such a Willie Nelson and Family Fan.   

Here is a teaser; you can read the entire article at:

Studio Preparation:  What you should know before you go
by Elianne Halbersberg

Mickey Raphael knows a thing or two about how to fit, when to play and when to step aside. “I weave the web around the pocket and thread it together,” he says, “and if it gets too crazy, I don’t have to play.   If it’s too far out there, I shut the fuck up and listen. That’s something Willie taught me: It doesn’t hurt to sit back and listen. You don’t have to play all the time.

When you’re in the studio, or onstage, you’ve got to be able to listen and work with other guys. When you’re a young player and still learning, you want to play everything you know as fast as you can. Again, it’s like Willie says: Less is more.

Genre to genre, you have to listen to what the song needs and what you can contribute. I’m concerned about playing one note with great tone rather than a solo with all the licks I know. You don’t talk when someone else is talking.

It’s the same thing with music. When the singer is singing, stay out of the way of the lyrics. People want to hear what the singer and the other players have to say. If it’s not your turn to play, watch the other guys and be gracious. It’s a team effort.”

Read the rest of this very informative article by Elianne at:

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