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mickey raphael one by willie nelsonFor fifty-plus years, Mickey Raphael’s harmonica has been an integral element of Willie’s sound, as readily identifiable as Trigger and Willie’s own voice. But Raphael was just another long-haired musician on the Dallas folkie scene—and no fan of country music—when he first heard “The Words Don’t Fit the Picture” back in 1972. It’s a song Willie recorded not long before fleeing Nashville for good, and it’s the one that made Mickey hope there might be a place for him in Willie’s band. Subscribe Apple Podcasts — Google Podcasts — Spotify — Stitcher (Read a transcript of this episode below.)On this week’s One By Willie, Mickey talks about that song, marveling at the way Charlie McCoy, the Nashville A-Teamer who plays harmonica on it, seems to…

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