Re: [Harp-L] Mickey minus Willie vid

Mickey's best work was on the Stardust album.
Steve in Minn.

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On Dec 23, 2012, at 11:26 AM, Mick Zaklan <mzaklan@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>   I've been on a Shelby Lynne kick for the last couple of days and ran
> across these two gems featuring Mickey Raphael:
> and
>   Mickey looks like he's using a finger mic on the first clip.  I used one
> for a string of gigs in the late 80's and remember switching over to an
> Astatic in the middle of a set one evening.  The difference was so
> pronounced that the band immediately noticed.  One guy told me to throw the
> finger mic away.  I don't think I ever used it again; but Mickey sounds so
> good on "I'm Confessin'" that I may have to fish it out of the closet,
> stick a battery in it, and take it for a spin again.
>   I think I'd listen to Mickey more if he wasn't with Willie, playing the
> same stuff.  I get that most people regard Willie Nelson as a national
> treasure, but to me he sounds like he's wearing a C-clamp on his nose.  I'm
> not crazy about his guitar solos either.  I'd much rather hear Mickey in
> other settings and it doesn't get much better than Shelby when she's on.
> Even though she's singing a Willie tune here, it just sounds like it has
> more energy and crispness.  My opinion.
> Mick Zaklan

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