Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast

Mickey Raphael interview

September 02, 2020 Neil Warren Season 1 Episode 21
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
Mickey Raphael interview
Chapters
00:01:23
Grew up in Dallas and influenced by British Blues invasion
00:02:48
Started playing guitar but soon went to harmonica
00:03:24
Donnie Brooks inspired Mickey to play
00:05:43
Paul Butterfield was a mentor to Mickey
00:07:26
First recorded with BW Stevenson
00:09:12
First met Willie Nelson
00:10:53
Important not to overplay
00:13:29
What Willie liked about the harmonica in his band
00:14:17
Red Headed Stranger album
00:15:17
Mickey appeared in two movies with Willie
00:16:37
Touring with Willie and favourite venue
00:18:13
Difference between studio and live albums
00:21:03
Range of genres playing with Willie
00:22:06
Ray Charles album with Wynton Marsalis
00:22:59
Mickey played at Ray Charles funeral
00:23:59
Played with Emmylou Harris
00:25:48
Highwayman Country supergroup
00:26:32
Playing Orange Blossom Special with Johnny Cash
00:27:33
Solo album: Hand To Mouth
00:30:32
Red River Valley instrumental album
00:32:05
Album with Chris Stapleton
00:32:43
Other big names Mickey has played with
00:34:03
Met Miles Davis
00:35:21
Mickey helped inspire formation of the Blues Brothers
00:37:46
Why the move to Nashvile and recording with Charlie McCoy
00:40:00
Some involvement in harmonica for health
00:41:14
Country style of harmonica
00:43:11
What position does Mickey usually use and working on movie scores
00:43:48
Does Mickey use Country tuning?
00:44:08
Chromatic harmonica
00:45:47
Bass harmonica
00:47:36
10 minute question
00:48:43
Harmonica of choice
00:49:40
Favourite key of diatonic
00:50:17
Different tunings
00:52:12
Overblows
00:52:20
Embouchre
00:52:36
Amps and mics
00:53:18
Effects pedals and ribbon mics
00:54:51
Tube amps
00:55:41
Future plans
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
Mickey Raphael interview
Sep 02, 2020 Season 1 Episode 21
Neil Warren

Mickey Raphael started out playing on the Dallas folk scene before meeting with Willie Nelson at a jam session. Forty six years later, Mickey has toured the world with Willie.
Alongside that, Mickey has enjoyed great recording success as a session musician, playing with Emmylou Harris, the Highwayman Country Supergroup, U2, Wynton Marsalis, Ringo Starr, and more recently with Chris Stapleton. The list goes on and on.
He played at Ray Charles funeral, and was most likely the inspiration for the Blues Brothers.
Throughout it all Mickey has remained humble about his tremendous career playing the harmonica.

Select the Chapter Markers tab above to select different sections of the podcast (website version only).

Links:
Mickey's website: http://www.mickeyraphael.com/
Discography: https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/mickey_raphael/credits/

YouTube:
Mickey playing with Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSOBOJ10JZo
Mickey playing Georgia with Willie Nelson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt8pgr7J6g0
Mickey playing with Chris Stapleton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4nP16bUVL8


Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains some of the songs discussed in the podcast:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQ

Sponsor website:
https://www.lonewolfblues.com

Show Notes Chapter Markers

Mickey Raphael started out playing on the Dallas folk scene before meeting with Willie Nelson at a jam session. Forty six years later, Mickey has toured the world with Willie.
Alongside that, Mickey has enjoyed great recording success as a session musician, playing with Emmylou Harris, the Highwayman Country Supergroup, U2, Wynton Marsalis, Ringo Starr, and more recently with Chris Stapleton. The list goes on and on.
He played at Ray Charles funeral, and was most likely the inspiration for the Blues Brothers.
Throughout it all Mickey has remained humble about his tremendous career playing the harmonica.

Select the Chapter Markers tab above to select different sections of the podcast (website version only).

Links:
Mickey's website: http://www.mickeyraphael.com/
Discography: https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/mickey_raphael/credits/

YouTube:
Mickey playing with Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSOBOJ10JZo
Mickey playing Georgia with Willie Nelson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt8pgr7J6g0
Mickey playing with Chris Stapleton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4nP16bUVL8


Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains some of the songs discussed in the podcast:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQ

Sponsor website:
https://www.lonewolfblues.com

Grew up in Dallas and influenced by British Blues invasion
Started playing guitar but soon went to harmonica
Donnie Brooks inspired Mickey to play
Paul Butterfield was a mentor to Mickey
First recorded with BW Stevenson
First met Willie Nelson
Important not to overplay
What Willie liked about the harmonica in his band
Red Headed Stranger album
Mickey appeared in two movies with Willie
Touring with Willie and favourite venue
Difference between studio and live albums
Range of genres playing with Willie
Ray Charles album with Wynton Marsalis
Mickey played at Ray Charles funeral
Played with Emmylou Harris
Highwayman Country supergroup
Playing Orange Blossom Special with Johnny Cash
Solo album: Hand To Mouth
Red River Valley instrumental album
Album with Chris Stapleton
Other big names Mickey has played with
Met Miles Davis
Mickey helped inspire formation of the Blues Brothers
Why the move to Nashvile and recording with Charlie McCoy
Some involvement in harmonica for health
Country style of harmonica
What position does Mickey usually use and working on movie scores
Does Mickey use Country tuning?
Chromatic harmonica
Bass harmonica
10 minute question
Harmonica of choice
Favourite key of diatonic
Different tunings
Overblows
Embouchre
Amps and mics
Effects pedals and ribbon mics
Tube amps
Future plans